|Rating: 7.0/10 (177,395 votes)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: John W. Richardson (screenplay), Christopher Roach (screenplay), Ryan Engle (screenplay), John W. Richardson (story), Christopher Roach (story)
Stars: Liam Neeson, Julianne Moore, Scoot McNairy, Michelle Dockery
Runtime: 106 min
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Released: 28 Feb 2014
|Plot: An air marshal springs into action during a transatlantic flight after receiving a series of text messages that put his fellow passengers at risk unless the airline transfers $150 million into an off-shore account.|
An alcoholic air marshal named Bill Marks boards a Boeing 767 non-stop flight from New York City to London. After take-off, he receives a text message on his secure phone stating that someone will die every 20 minutes unless $150 million is transfered to a specific bank account. Marks breaks protocol and consults with Jack Hammond, the other air marshal, but the latter is revealed to be smuggling cocaine in a brief-case. Hammond attacks Marks, who responds in self-defense and breaks Hammond’s neck. This incident happens exactly at the 20-minute mark.
Marks, the pilot, and the co-pilot explain the text messages to the TSA, but the TSA discovers that the bank account was registered in Marks’s name, and proceeds to accuse Marks of being the author. At this point, the pilot falls dead, being seemingly poisoned, and the time is exactly at the 40-minute mark.