Locke (2013)


Director: Steven Knight

Writer: Steven Knight (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Hardy


Plot: 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.


Verdict: Engrossing Film


Story: Such a simple story unfolding watching Locke try and make up for one mistake in his life but ends up losing everything in the process. Nothing that unfolds is unbelievable which creates a very real feel to everything and watching it through the eyes of only Locke pulls you in to each problem he is facing. There really isn’t anything else to talk about, it is just one man’s problems and how he is facing them. (9/10)


Actor Review


Tom Hardy: Ivan Locke high ranking successful foreman on a construction site, family man who has made a mistake by having a one night stand with a lady who decided to keep the baby. He has to walk away from the biggest moment of his career, tell his wife the truth, all while trying to get to the hospital to see his new baby be born. Great performance from Hardy who is the only person on screen and keeps your attention from start to finish talking about such simple life matters. (9/10)


Director Review: Steven Knight – Great direction to create a simple story that pulls you in from start to finish. (8/10)


Drama: One man dealing with such real problems works perfectly. (9/10)

Settings: All set within Locke’s car as he is making his journey. (10/10)

Suggestion: When I suggest this I am not going to lie, I was expecting a thriller like he had committed some sort of crime, I was hugely surprised with what we got but also impressed with it too. I would suggest trying it as I feel it won’t be for everyone. (Try it)


Best Part: Hardy’s performance

Worst Part: You could nit-pick on length.

Believability: Could easily be a real situation. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

Tagline: No Turning Back


Overall: Brilliant Drama


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