LOCKE (2014)


Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Coleman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Tom Holland, Bill Milner, Ben Daniels

Directed by: Steven Knightlocke

Synopsis: Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.

Locke is the latest addition to a speight of movies that feature one, or maybe two actors on screen for the entire movie. There has been Moon, Life of Pi, Gravity and All is Lost to name but a few recent ones. Locke is up there with the best of them.

Tom Hardy follows the likes of Sam Rockwell, Sandra Bullock and Robert Redford in commanding your attention for ninety minutes and, as you would expect from someone of Hardy’s calibre, he does a great job. From a simple plot, the film really creates a sense of anxiety that equals some of the other films mentioned. Considering it’s essentially Hardy sat in a car on his phone, that’s pretty impressive!

Hardy plays construction worker Ivan Locke. The night before a huge construction job for a big American company Locke heads off in his car, destination unknown. It becomes apparent, through several phone calls to various friends, family and loved ones, where Locke is headed and why. It’s a pretty simple plot as I said, but it’s the way the tension mounts as things start getting to Locke, and the way he reacts to them.

Hardy plays the role, wisely or not, as a Welshman. I guess he didn’t really need to, it doesn’t have any bearing on the story particularly. Some have said that he sounds a bit like Richard Burton, but I thought on occasion he sounded more like Uncle Bryn played by Rob Brydon in TV’s Gavin and Stacy. Accent aside, Hardy is fantastic as the under-pressure but always calm and methodical titular character. I’d say he steals the show, but there isn’t anyone else in the film, so I guess he had to!

Purely for the bare bones nature of the film, it clearly won’t be for everyone, but I can’t express enough that despite it’s simple concept, it is equally as anxiety inducing as many thrillers and although there is no huge payoff by the end, you’re still never too sure which way it’s all going to go.

Kudos to the film maker, Steven Knight, for making a film about a man in a car  one of the films of the year.

4 clappers

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  1. Nice work Tom, an excellent review.

  2. Great review. Agree there’s a lot of talent at work here and it’s one of the best films of the year. Knight shows us thrillers don’t need complicated plots, sometimes simpler is better.

  3. Without Hardy doing what he does best here, this movie totally wouldn’t have been worth the watch. But he’s great and the whole time is a compelling one. Good review.

  4. Abbi

    Hahahahha… Uncle Bryn. Loved this film. Learned so much about concrete too.

  5. Great review! I saw this a few weeks ago and was blown away.

  6. For some reason, I didn’t think you would like this one going into this review! Your wife is right…although I’m not saying it for the same reason our wife’s/girlfriends say it for. He is one of the best actors of this generation…or will be in time at least!

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