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Ivan Locke has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride.
Drama Thriller - This drama is literally a one-man show for star Tom Hardy, who spends
the entire film talking on the phone in his car, with all other
actors only heard but not seen. This is a film for fans of Hardy and
into more experimental independent fare. Language and adult subject
matter make this not for kids, who would not be interested anyway.
Roger EbertFull Review Very Good "Locke" is a cinematic stunt that engrosses as it unspools, and pays dividends after it's been accomplished. I'll tell you the stunt of "Locke:" with the exception of its opening shot, which shows its title character getting into his tricked-out BMW, the movie is a one-man show that takes place as the title character is taking a long, fateful drive. The camera doesn't always stay in the car, but it's with Locke for the whole drive. We hear the voices of others, but we don't see anyone else.
Entertainment WeeklyFull Review Excellent Yes, Locke is a bit of a storytelling stunt: For the entirety of the movie, Ivan is the only character on screen. But even with nothing to cut away to and no flashbacks to offer context, the film manages to stay as tight as a vise. And I can't think of anyone I'd rather see white-knuckled behind the wheel than Hardy, who with his bravura performance here has turned me into a true believer.
NY PostFull Review Good A captivating Tom Hardy is in the driver's seat for the one-man show "Locke," but like many experimental films, this one suffers from its self-imposed constraints.
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