Saturday, September 20, 2014

Non-Stop New York - Noir Review

          This movie takes place in 1938 and if you saw the preview on Netflix, you would need to know that it’s misleading.  The movie is not about a hi-jacking on a plane.  Yes, a plane gets hijacked but that’s during the last 10 minutes of the movie.  

           The story before that stars Anna Lee, who plays Jennie Carr.  She goes home with a lawyer named Billy Cooper for dinner only to find that a mobster has invaded the room and Lee is escorted out of the home.  A homeless man remains hidden in the terrace.  

            The Cooper tells Hugo Grant, the mobster, that he will not be involved with him anymore.  Grant would shoot Cooper and leave his home, leaving the homeless man to be accused of the murder. 

             The suspense of the movie is based on Anna being a witness to the crime.  She has to appear at the trial of the homeless man because if she doesn’t, then the man will be put to death.  Grant’s men will try and stop Anna from testifying, making the movie more suspenseful.  

              You could say that Grant seems like a shady and scary character throughout the movie.   Not much of a performance by Lee, who just seems to drift along throughout the movie.   John Loder has top billing in the movie as Inspector Jim Grant even though he’s only in the movie for about 20 minutes.  

               Not much suspense at the end with the hijacking of this plane that is built like a boat.  Hard to believe that this plane could actually fly.  No reason to give this movie more than two stars.  

Ron Hummer 

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