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11 airplane-based movies more entertaining than ‘Non-Stop’

In “Non-Stop,” Liam Neeson stars as an air marshal on a New York-to-London flight who starts receiving text messages from someone on the plane threatening to kill one of the passengers every 20 minutes until $150 million is wired to a bank account.

Then, as Drowning Pool sang (assuming “sang” is the right word), the bodies hit the floor.

The downside to a premise like that, though, is that the movie’s entire success or failure hinges on the reveal of the criminal mastermind.

Suffice it to say, the trio of screenwriters — a newcomer, a former WWE writer and an editor on “Big Brother” and “Wipeout” — aren’t able to stick the landing, and the motivation for the absurdly elaborate plot drifts pretty far to the dopey side.

Here, then are 11 airplane-based movies more entertaining than “Non-Stop”:

1) “Airplane,” naturally.

2) “Airplane II: The Sequel”

3) “Airport,” although probably not “Airport 1975,” “Airport ’77” or “The Concorde … Airport ’79.”

4) “Snakes on a Plane”

5) “Con Air”

6) “Die Hard 2”

7) “Executive Decision”

8) “Air Force One”

9) “Flightplan”

10) “Red Eye”

11) “Alive.” Yeah, the harrowing one about the Uruguayan rugby team that crashed in the Andes and was forced to turn to cannibalism to survive. That was more entertaining than “Non-Stop.”

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