Bill Marks (Neeson) is an air marshal who, on a non stop flight from the US to London, receives a message asking for $150 million or a passenger will be killed every 20 minutes. By the time he receives the actual message, we have a list of suspects a mile long. Lots of shady people…..new people…..suspicious people….. I may never fly again.
Then we find out that Bill is being framed. The account the ransom money is to be deposited into is in Bills name. This changes everything. The pilots have their orders and these do not include the air marshal having a gun or any kind of control on the plane.
This movie is a ‘ re-imagining ‘ of the 1976 cult classic of the same name. Both are (obviously) based on the Stephen King novel which, when I read it as a teenager struggling with my own angst and feelings of not belonging, spoke to me in a creepily, disturbing way. Stephen King novels are like that though. Oh what I would have given to have had Carrie’s powers. But I digress…..
Carrie (Moretz) is the shy, meek daughter of religious zealot Margaret (Moore). Margaret is terrified Carrie will succumb to the temptations of the world and thus suffocates her with religion, hovering and creeping about the house always watching and waiting. Carrie has been home schooled for much of her life and is an outcast at school. She is heartbreakingly naive and an easy target for the school mean girl bitches who torment her every chance they get.
Based on a 116 year old Henry James novel of the same name ( yeah I had no idea either!), this is the story of a young girl trapped between her warring parents as they unsuccessfully try to navigate a bitter break-up.
Susanna (Moore) is a touring rock singer and her partner Beale (Coogan) is an art dealer. They live in a huge New York apartment and appear to lead a somewhat bohemian lifestyle. The only thing is they hate each other and are currently engaged in a protracted and nasty custody battle over 6 year old Maisie (Aprile). The movie is an homage to bad parenting and is told in aching innocence from Maisie’s point of view.