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So I will just say that if you are a Tom Hardy fan, you are going to see arguably his best career performance to date. If you are not a Tom Hardy fan, this film will make you one. Originally conceived as a stage play, Steven Knight and Tom Hardy, Knight's only choice for the lead, came up with this unique way of telling a story.
Hardy drives in real time. In real traffic. On real phones. The supporting cast are holed up in a hotel room on the other end. Tom's head cold is real. He is really driving, and the teleprompter is where the visor would be. Tom said he had to watch the road traffic so there was a bit of improv going on at times. LOL The shooting was done every night for a week, over and over, so Knight could select the best one. Cameras were attached to the vehicle to get every conceivable angle.
The technical aspects of this film will astound you. Tom Hardy's performance will astound you. The supporting actors, all only voices on the phone line, will astound you. The story is bittersweet and sad and uplifting simultaneously. You will love Ivan Locke, or despise him, or judge him, or admire him. He gives you an opportunity to feel all of those.
A thundering horn-blowing Five Stars for this masterpiece of film.
Also deserving of significant praise is writer and director Steven Knight, who made a fantastic directorial debut last year with Redemption (also known as Hummingbird), a dramatic action film far too few people in the United States saw.Read more ›
Taking place in real time, 'Locke' follows the title character on his long ride to the hospital, where he is hell-bent on witnessing the birth of his child and supporting the mother -- who is virtually a stranger. With a wife and two sons at home, Locke is determined not to abandon the lonely woman with whom he had a one night stand, and more importantly, to be there for the birth of his 'bastard' child; he grew up without a father himself, and has vowed to not repeat his father's mistakes.
The entire film takes place in the vehicle, not a single scene or shot beyond it's claustrophobic confines. The car itself could represent the uncompromising ethics that become like a prison, or a coffin, forcing him to take actions he knows will cause pain and damage to everyone around him. But operating within those tight parameters, it is impossible for him to act any other way.
Locke speaks to a number of people via hands-free cell-phone, and the closer he gets to the maternity ward, the farther away his family and his career become. In order to attend the birth, he deserts his post as a highly respected structural engineer, despite the fact that the cement is to be poured for the foundations of a huge, record-breaking project the next morning.Read more ›
Hardy's on-screen presence in Steven Knight's dramatic thriller is riveting. Ivan Locke is ridiculously calm and composed with the life altering decisions he's made at the beginning of the film, but the events that transpire over the phone on Ivan's strange but determined journey not only pluck at his emotions but his sanity as well. Locke's arguments with his reflection in the rear-view mirror as he targets his neglectful father are disturbingly outstanding. Those powerful sequences show that Hardy needs nothing but a working camera pointed squarely at him in order to showcase his exquisite talent as a leading man.
The resolution of "Locke" leaves a lot to be desired even with Hardy's strong performance. The drama that unfolds is very realistic and believable. It seems like it could happen to anyone. While the plot is intricate, the plot points remain within the realm of reality and nothing stands in the way of the film's energetic pace. But you expect more when the ending rolls around. While certain things are wrapped up, the film feels a little short as it could have allowed another 10 or 20 minutes to be fully satisfying.
Witnessing a man being pushed to his breaking point is the best part of "Locke." Tom Hardy delivers an emotionally exhausting and attention demanding performance that's one of the best of the English actor's career.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't realize until an hour in that the entire film was going to be Tom Hardy driving while talking on the phone - a concept both ridiculous and poorly executed. Read morePublished 13 hours ago by shoecrazy
So slow, long and boring... And no payoff in the end. He's in the car taking calls the entire movie. It's painful but I felt committed.Published 23 hours ago by Brad Kramer
got bored, turned off halfway through. I did wonder if he ever got out of the car or not.Published 1 day ago by kasseej
Hardy is my favorite actor---and he is truly amazing in this movie. Kudos to the director as well. One man show with great script and masterful direction considering it is set in... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Milton
Very unusual in how it all unfolds. I am not sure I can even explain it. The ENTIRE movie takes place with a man driving in his car! Now how exciting could that be? Read morePublished 1 day ago by The Wanderer
Unique story telling. Be prepared for solo session from Tom Hardy for 90 minutes.Published 1 day ago by Preeda Thaiwatcharamas
Didn't care for it. Wish I'd have known the entire movie was shot in his car. I kept waiting for someone else to join him.Published 1 day ago by Southern Lady
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