Tom Hardy, Locke

Movie Review: Locke (2014)


Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) gets into his car after a day at work and begins driving north toward London.  It’s about an hour and a quarter drive.  During that drive, which is the entirety of the movie, Locke will have a series of phone conversations that will change his entire life.

Written and directed by Steven Knight, there is only one onscreen actor in Locke – Tom Hardy.  The rest of the cast only appear as voices on his car phone.  Hardy gives a great performance as Locke, creating a full character just through his interactions on the phone.  Not many actors could have held the screen in this kind of scenario.

Locke is not edge-of-your-seat excitement.  There’s not a bomb strapped to Locke’s car.  He’s just a human being who’s made a decision and that decision is going to change his relationship with everyone he knows.  You have to be in the right sort of mood to appreciate it, but I admire Knight’s film.  I didn’t love it, but I was glad I saw it.



2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Locke (2014)”

  1. This would have fallen under my radar. I love it when filmmakers impose these kinds of restraints on themselves.


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