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Review: Locke

Apr. 23, 2014by: Eric Walkuski

PLOT: Ivan Locke drives to the hospital on the night his one-night stand prematurely has his baby while attempting to explain his situation to family and coworkers.

REVIEW: No current actor that I can think of conveys "ticking time bomb" quite as well as Tom Hardy. He never looks quite at ease, always seems to be concentrating on holding himself back, lest he explode at whoever or whatever is taxing his intended serenity. (He didn't even look comfortable in the romantic comedy THIS MEANS WAR, but that may have been for different reasons entirely.) Hardy makes for an ideal anti-hero, since even at his brightest moments you're not entirely sure he's trustworthy, yet you see if his mind is set on something, you're sure as shit he'll get it accomplished.

Hardy's subdued intensity is well suited for the character of Ivan Locke, a man on a mission in Steven Knight's LOCKE. LOCKE is a one man show, focusing solely on Locke as he takes the most fateful drive of his life one dark night in England. We almost never leave his car and we never see the several people Locke speaks to on the phone. And while there is suspense present in the contained situation, this is a fairly straight-forward drama; no PHONE BOOTH or BURIED-type plot mechanics in play. Instead, we're witness to the aftermath of one man's critical, life-altering decision and the emotional battery he must endure once the consequences begin to pile up in his head. It's a fascinating film, one that has every right to be boring and redundant, yet stunningly never lags or fails to be engrossing.

When we meet him, it's clear Locke has a lot on his mind. Driving away from his job as the supervisor of a cement pouring company, Locke is not driving home but instead to a London hospital where a one-night stand is having his child. The drive is long, and he won't be in for work tomorrow, despite the fact that his company is about to embark on its biggest project ever, the construction of a 55-story tower bankrolled by a high-profile corporation in the U.S. It's probably that he won't be back home tomorrow, either, maybe not for a while. A noble father of two and, we presume, a good man, Locke has decided to embark on this mission to be by his "mistake's" side because of a responsibility he fervently feels. That this comes at the cost of his marriage and livelihood, he is willing to accept. And for 90 minutes, we begin to understand - or at least try to understand - why Locke is risking everything, destroying his happy existence, when he doesn't actually have to.

Knight impressively keeps us glued to Locke's progressively worsening series of phone calls to his wife and sons, to a co-worker who must fill in for him at the biggest job of his life, to his fuming boss, while the man attempts to explain himself - to them, to us, to himself. What's impressive about Hardy's performance - and Knight's script - is that Locke never quite goes over the edge. One might expect we'd be privy to a series of histrionic, showboat-y moments as we watch the unraveling of this man's life, but Knight and Hardy choose to keep Locke stubbornly reasonable; he refuses to crack, is measured and resolute. Only a handful of times do we see Locke's veneer break, and even then it's for a quick second or two, and there are times when we're just as irked by him as are the people he speaks to.

Knight obviously sees the ticking bomb aspect in Hardy, which is why he's so perfectly cast, and fans of his will find much to appreciate. The actor once again adopts an interesting accent - Welsh, in this case - and gives his character a peculiar verbal rhythm which is extremely amusing to the ear. But that's as far as it goes in terms of quirks: it's a performance of steady determination, as quiet as it is brimming with regret, dejection, and simmering anger.

It can't be said that LOCKE will please everybody; surely, it's no easy task to simply watch one lone actor carry the entire weight of a story's see-sawing emotional beats. But anyone willing to sit in the passenger seat for this unusual ride will be rewarded by a captivating actor in an equally captivating picture.

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5:40PM on 04/24/2014
I like Tom Hardy a lot so will give this a go.
I like Tom Hardy a lot so will give this a go.
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10:51AM on 04/24/2014
Got to disagree. The accent is awful, at times sounding anything but Welsh, disappointing as for me it affects the dialogue delivery. It would have worked so much better had they stuck with an accent Hardy could handle. It's a great concept and a film I wanted so much to like but I found very few of the supporting characters dialogue appears natural although Andrew Scott's performance is one of the few that was not literally phoned in. It's as though Hardy is trying to channel the spirit of
Got to disagree. The accent is awful, at times sounding anything but Welsh, disappointing as for me it affects the dialogue delivery. It would have worked so much better had they stuck with an accent Hardy could handle. It's a great concept and a film I wanted so much to like but I found very few of the supporting characters dialogue appears natural although Andrew Scott's performance is one of the few that was not literally phoned in. It's as though Hardy is trying to channel the spirit of Richard Burton reading 'Under Milk Wood' (badly) and as a result Locke's character appears of another time and doesn't sit well in a contemporary setting (Try a youtube search for 'Ivor the Engine'). Like I've mentioned, concept is great. If it does one thing it will certainly divide opinion.
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9:37AM on 04/24/2014
Good to hear Knight has managed to bounce back from the turkey that was Hummingbird A.K.A. Redemption. Would love for him to write and direct Eastern Promises 2.
Good to hear Knight has managed to bounce back from the turkey that was Hummingbird A.K.A. Redemption. Would love for him to write and direct Eastern Promises 2.
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9:12AM on 04/24/2014
I know they'll wanna go younger when they do recast, but he would have made a good wolverine I think.
I know they'll wanna go younger when they do recast, but he would have made a good wolverine I think.
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8:46AM on 04/24/2014
Sounds like a sure lock for Hardy to grab an Oscar nomination this year.

Film sounds great and Hardy is a tremendous actor.
Sounds like a sure lock for Hardy to grab an Oscar nomination this year.

Film sounds great and Hardy is a tremendous actor.
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9:30AM on 04/24/2014
No. It sounds like a sure lock he won't.

I'm pretty confident in saying he has no chance of being nominated for an oscar for this. Have you even seen the oscars before? Maybe you have a bed time and miss all the good awards. Hardy's a top notch actor, and this will prolly make a profit but only because it was cheap to make. But it won't do well in the box office, if it even has a release. This movie has no chance for an oscar nom, and with their release date, it doesn't seem like they
No. It sounds like a sure lock he won't.

I'm pretty confident in saying he has no chance of being nominated for an oscar for this. Have you even seen the oscars before? Maybe you have a bed time and miss all the good awards. Hardy's a top notch actor, and this will prolly make a profit but only because it was cheap to make. But it won't do well in the box office, if it even has a release. This movie has no chance for an oscar nom, and with their release date, it doesn't seem like they are even trying. Nominating Hardy for this means you can't nominate "Hanks" for his big budget big studio film.

Wether he deserves a nom is another thing, but he won't get one. I really have to stop going down this rabbit hole. But at least you didn't make a lame pun.


I really do love passionate debate of film, but by intelligent people. I really enjoyed the first gi joe, but I know it's a pretty shitty film. I often enjoy watching ppl falling down. Is there a way we can make a website that has an age requirement (Damn, u can't verify those) and IQ (but still the same). Maybe we can just come up with enough non-trivia related movie questions, and based on how u answer, u can get in. Who's with me?
9:32AM on 04/24/2014
If it gets enough biz, it could maaaaaybe get a screenplay nod
If it gets enough biz, it could maaaaaybe get a screenplay nod
12:56PM on 04/24/2014
Stop being such a condescending, insufferable ass bealzf. At least The_Soloist doesn't go around stalking people's comments and self-congratulating himself over how much more entitled and intelligent he thinks he is. You're the one who looks ridiculously immature right now, not him. If making bed-time jokes is the extent of your "intelligence", I'm pretty sure you'd be one of those people locked out because of an age requirement. Buzz off.
Stop being such a condescending, insufferable ass bealzf. At least The_Soloist doesn't go around stalking people's comments and self-congratulating himself over how much more entitled and intelligent he thinks he is. You're the one who looks ridiculously immature right now, not him. If making bed-time jokes is the extent of your "intelligence", I'm pretty sure you'd be one of those people locked out because of an age requirement. Buzz off.
8:28AM on 04/24/2014
Can't wait to see this. Films that work with a limited cast or location can often be the most intense.
Can't wait to see this. Films that work with a limited cast or location can often be the most intense.
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7:46AM on 04/24/2014
This could be Tom Hardy's finest performance.
This could be Tom Hardy's finest performance.
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5:06AM on 04/24/2014
Saw it over the weekend and it is superb, the subtlety of Tom Hardy's performance was top notch. A definite Oscar nod for him is on the cards.
Also I was delighted to see a very busy theatre for the showing I was at.
Saw it over the weekend and it is superb, the subtlety of Tom Hardy's performance was top notch. A definite Oscar nod for him is on the cards.
Also I was delighted to see a very busy theatre for the showing I was at.
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1:09AM on 04/24/2014

Great review

I knew so little of the story other than the driving for the entire movie, so I appreciate your thorough and interesting review. I'm really excited for this as I'm a big Tom Hardy fan so I'd go see it regardless. Reading this positive review is awesome.
I knew so little of the story other than the driving for the entire movie, so I appreciate your thorough and interesting review. I'm really excited for this as I'm a big Tom Hardy fan so I'd go see it regardless. Reading this positive review is awesome.
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12:17AM on 04/24/2014
Impressive review for what is shaping up to be a very intriguing movie! When I first saw some previews and heard the most basic synopsis, I figured it would be some spy, espionage flick with the unusual aspect of staying in one location for the entire movie. Boy, does it sound like I was wrong. I'm definitely interested in the straightforward concept of this, and it's so refreshing to have a very personal, (relatively) small-stakes movie during a time when every other film has the world or even
Impressive review for what is shaping up to be a very intriguing movie! When I first saw some previews and heard the most basic synopsis, I figured it would be some spy, espionage flick with the unusual aspect of staying in one location for the entire movie. Boy, does it sound like I was wrong. I'm definitely interested in the straightforward concept of this, and it's so refreshing to have a very personal, (relatively) small-stakes movie during a time when every other film has the world or even the universe at stake. Hardy is a great lead, and this sounds unique enough to merit a closer look. Great review!
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