Excerpt: Over the last couple of years Tom Hardy has exploded onto the scene with ferocity rarely seen, even though he's been acting for (according to IMDb ) thirteen years, it was 2008's "Bronson" that brought the attention of his talents to Hollywood, he would follow that stellar tour-de-force performance with roles in "Inception" (2010), " Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy " (2011), " Warrior " (2011), "This Means War" (2012), " Lawless " (2012) and as the terrifying Bane in...
Conclusion: With Locke , Steven Knight endeavors to take the minimalist one-person, one-setting concept in a distinctive direction, stripping down the character and the stakes to a very personal dramatic level. Ivan Locke's no hero, nor a victim: he's an everyday construction engineer who's stepping up to take the blow of a mistake he's made, one that'll likely cost him his job and his family.
Conclusion: Locke could have easily devolved into pure gimmickry, but despite some overly theatrical missteps by Knight (the writer), Knight (the director) manages to keep things moving in the right direction almost all of the time. Despite the pure technical ingenuity required to pull this off, the film benefits from an absolutely riveting performance by Tom Hardy.
Excerpt: Charting the events of one fateful evening and filmed almost exclusively within and around the confines of the eponymous character's car, Locke starts with a simple binary choice: turn left or turn right? The consequences of the decision that Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) makes prove far-reaching not only for the course of his evening but for his future and those people closest to him.
Excerpt: I don’t know what it is about me lately, but I’m all about strange movies and television shows. Recently I watched and reviewed a rather odd film called Under the Skin in which Scarlett Johansson played an alien who lured men into her lair only to kill them in a rather unique way. I watched the entire series of Breaking Bad and one of my favorite episodes was “Fly” in which the two main characters spent the episode trying to, you guessed it, kill a fly.
Conclusion: 'Locke' explores such a wide array of emotions and ideas that its unique setting and single on-screen character presentation become far more than a mere gimmick. The film is incredibly well made and thought-provoking, and Hardy's performance is at the same level as in 'Bronson.' With very good image and sound, and a much-needed commentary, 'Locke' comes highly recommended.
Conclusion: Locke is essentially “theater in a box,” or in this case, “theater in a car.” Tom Hardy pulls off a great one-man performance and knocks it out the ballpark. The Blu-ray has a very dull commentary track by writer-director Steven Knight, which should have been miles better than what we got, and a short featurette and trailer. You know what? It doesn’t even matter.
Excerpt: Ivan Locke is behind the wheel and having a terrible day in the tense and engaging Locke . As played by Tom Hardy, he speaks in a clipped accent with a puppy-ish beard, at once endearing and intimidating. It's safe to say few other actors in Hardy’s generation could pull off the film's central stunt: the movie never lets Locke exit his car. The few snippets of the story that we can gather is that he has only just received word that Bethan (Olivia Colman) is giving birth.