With each feature that I watch, in which Tom Hardy has a role, I become more and more of a fan. From Bronson and Inception to The Dark Knight Rises and Warrior, it is clear that Hardy is an extremely versatile performer and I am convinced he can perfectly execute any role given to him. His performance in Steven Knight’s Locke is even further evidence that the man can do just about anything he wants.
Ivan Locke is driving to London to be with a woman he made a mistake with, for the birth of their child. During the hour and a half car ride, he must take care of both his business and his broken marriage, all while holding it together mentally.
A movie that features only one actor the entire time and takes place entirely in a car really doesn’t sound very exciting to most, I’m sure. Hell, on paper, I wouldn’t think twice about watching this film either. I am glad I did, however. Locke turned out to be one of the most captivating films I’ve seen in a while. It wasn’t full of non-stop action or the usual horror flick blood and gore. In fact, it wasn’t a horror film in any way, but a charming drama. Tom Hardy did a wonderful job of not only grabbing my attention, but also commanding that I not look away from the screen the entire time the film was running.
I can’t say enough great things about the acting in this film. Tom Hardy’s calm approach to some very difficult situations almost lightens the mood, even though he is dealing with some pretty heavy stuff. There are glimpses of a man falling apart, but all in all, you get the sense that he is actually rather put together; He has made his decision and nothing will deter him.
In addition to Hardy’s on-screen performance, every single actor we hear the voice of, over the phone, was brilliant. From co-worker Donal, voiced by Andrew Scott, to the devastated wife, Katrina, played by Ruth Wilson, everyone sounded 100% authentic, proving not only how great the actors all were, but also how perfect Steven Knight’s script really was.
I don’t usually review dramas and I’m not sure when I will review one next, but I highly recommend checking this film out. The end left me feeling melancholy and fearful that Locke will never return home, but I couldn’t help but smiling at the same time.
Be sure to pick up your copy of Locke on Blu-ray or DVD from Lionsgate today. I give it 4.5 Poles out of 5.