Quite unintentionally, this site became dedicated to the talented and surprising Michelle Dockery. My aim is to provide fresh material and perspective for her fans.
In the 'Michelle Dockery Professional Archive' link below you will find the most complete collection of her screen performances on the internet.
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They weren’t kidding about this movie paying homage to Hitchcock thrillers. Granted the structure is formulistic, but then so is the making of successful soufflés, and this one certainly rose to expectations. If you like who-dun-it action thrillers at all, Non-Stop will not disappoint.
I’m reminded of how big of a difference good actors can have on an otherwise popcorn fare. Liam Neeson took this film way more seriously than I imagined, this is easily his best action film since the first Taken and several notches above Unknown, the previous Neeson project with director Jaume Collet-Serra. Full disclosure I’m a huge fan of Liam Neeson and there was no way I was not going to see this movie. The word gravitas gets thrown around a lot, and it is probably true that no other actor could make Non-Stop work.
Naturally you’re all wondering about Michelle Dockery’s big screen debut. While all other actors effectively play supporting role to Neeson, Michelle’s role was both substantial and memorable. Her head stewardess Nancy was a svelte vision of grace under pressure and provided much needed foil to moments of teeth grinding tension. She was perfectly cast and I now understand why they wanted her for this part. The only thing that seemed amiss for me was the cursory romantic subplot between Nancy and the co-pilot which made me think scenes were left on the cutting room floor.
Mention should also be made of the excellent cinematography. Airplane movies were historically great eyesores since the audience is forced to stare at boring airline furniture for most of it. Instead this is beautifully shot and lit. They were budgeted for 50 million dollars and it’s all up on screen.
As usual with movies of this sort some suspension of disbelief is required. I’m talking about the motivation of the hijacker in the big reveal, which did more damage to the integrity of the plot than that bomb to the fuselage. Thankfully it came late in the movie and long past the point where I decided it is eminently enjoyable and I would certainly watch it again on endless late night reruns.