Locke (2013)

Locke (2013)
  • Time: 85 min
  • Genre: Drama
  • Director: Steven Knight
  • Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman


Leaving the construction site on the eve of a major project, construction manager Ivan Locke receives news that sends him driving the two hours from Birmingham to London, but even further from the life he once knew. Making the decision that he has to make, he then calls his wife, his sons, his co-workers and boss telling them the secret that he is bearing and trying to keep his job and family intact. But even more importantly, he will have to face himself and the choices he has made.

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  • It is extremely hard to make a movie based in one location. Further more, it is even more difficult to create a movie with only one actor present on the screen and it is extraordinary if the film is made in real time, meaning from the moment the film begins till the end of the final credits we are observing a melt down of one individual who lets us understand what is happening in his life only with the phone calls he makes in his car.
    In a nutshell this is what “LOCKE” a film by Steven Knight is all about.

    “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.”

    For any movie to work you need to make sure that our protagonist always is struggling with adversities on a highest level. The high stakes are a must for the engagement of the audience in the story put forth by the director however improbable. If we want to watch ordinary stories we would go to our local market and watch normal life occur, or you can paint the wall and watch the paint dry.
    We go to the cinema as a form of escapism, that for 2 hours allows us to disconnect from the reality of our own lives and get lost in the theater of make-believe. It is extraordinary when we are in a car with our protagonist and somehow we are truly entertained by the drama that is created when his life takes turn for worse. Lets be honest here “LOCKE” in a larger sense is a tour de force of excellent Tom Hardy who gives depth onto the choices he makes as the construction manager Ivan Locke who’s life falls apart in front of us. Acting is reacting and it is extremely difficult to act only using auditory stimuli, but this is what happens in “LOCKE”. The whole film consists of phone call conversations of our protagonist with people who are participating in his meltdown as he is driving the car.
    There is no clear antagonist here unless you would consider the highway or the time to be the obstacle for our character to struggle with.Yet the acting is so rich in internal dialogue that we are truly engaged into the drama Mr. Locke is going through.
    Tom Hardy really delivers one of the best underplayed, multi-layered performance in his career. Apparently “LOCKE” had an unconventional shooting schedule were Tom Hardy filmed his part in 6 days, shooting the movie twice per night as it was filmed in a single take. The other actors were in a hotel room, speaking on the phone with Hardy, who was on location. This created sense of reality anticipation and drama that was extremely realistic.

    The big credit should also go to director of photography Haris Zambarloukos who by adding filters on the lenses created beautiful light flares that visually create an aesthetically pleasing light ballet show that added additional atmosphere to otherwise repetitive camera setups. I liked “LOCKE” a lot and in fact I saw it twice already and for the movie that is based inside of a car, director Steven Knight must have done something right to keep me engaged and I promise you will be too. Great British drama which is worth to see for Hardy’s performance alone.
    (******** out of 10)
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