"Non-Stop" opens with a simple but masterful scene that pumps the film full of instant tension without a word of dialogue or a single note of music on the soundtrack.
The scene begins in a Tokyo bank, focused on a quiet patron trying to be inconspicuous, sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses and a duffel bag. He keeps checking his watch. After two minutes he walks up to the counter and stands for another minute. Without any transaction taking place, he heads for the door and checks his watch again. It's clear soon enough that he's doing a dry run for a daring daylight heist.
Then the film cuts to a shot of this mysterious would-be robber's real life -- as a kowtowing kitchen peon in a restaurant, where he's consistently berated by the chefs and pretty much everyone else.
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