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Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) stars as Ivan Locke, in the second film from writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Hummingbird). LOCKE is the story of one man’s life unravelling in a tension-fuelled 90-minute race against time. Ivan Locke has the perfect family, his dream job, and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career. But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.

Starring:
Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Locke

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Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Bill Milner, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Danny Webb, Alice Lowe, Lee Ross
Director Steven Knight
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 25 August 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Bill Milner, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Danny Webb, Alice Lowe, Lee Ross
Director Steven Knight
Genres Drama
Studio Elevation Sales
Rental release 25 August 2014
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Richards on 14 Sep 2014
Format: DVD
Locke bothers me. It has a central idea thrown into a tight space and then trys to extract as much detail from that concept as possible. It is the sort of notion that you have to buy into from the start or you may find yourself picking away at it. Despite Tom Hardy's finest effort and some original touches within the way it is shot, Locke comes across as too experimental to really fit into the category of a real life drama with hard hitting tragedy. When the themes and events outside subside, knowing Ivan Locke can only really do anything about these events from outside his automobile confines, means the film has to overcompensate.
The personal narrative and battles that he faces during his journey are very sensitive and it is the intrigue that keeps the viewer hooked but it for me became too farcical and contrived not helped by a silly hybrid of an accent(one second conveying something Russian and the next sounding like Kenneth Williams) and some horrendous product placement(yeah yeah, it helps to get the film made).
It is a tangible sense of tension that i think i missed or did not gain from the movie..something other confinement movies have delivered in recent years such as Buried, All is Lost, 127 Hours and Phone Booth. If the story achieves anything it is examining the kind of person Locke is, one of those guys that doesn't want to disappoint anyone and disappoints everyone, which is relatable. Its just a shame then that there is way too much time needlessly experimenting with everything else thats not central to those themes. I can understand how this could be engaging, hell, it has a terrific fan base, but i found myself all too often checking the watch or playing 'spot the BMW logo'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE on 2 Aug 2014
Format: DVD
this is brilliant, similar in style to the ryan reynolds film buried, this all takes place in one location , a car. That will never sound like a great premise i know but this is brilliant and hardy flexes his acting over his muscles here and does a brilliant job. Hardy plays locke whose desire to be a better man than his father means that his world is about to collapse, brilliant and tense, loved it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. J. Farrer on 23 May 2014
Format: DVD
And it all happens at night...
Doesn't sound that interesting as a "pitch" to the producer but this gripping film works very well because of excellent acting from Tom Hardy and a believable script.
Locke's work and domestic life unravels as he drives south to be at the birth of his child from a brief affair. We share his tension and come to recognise that he is trying to 'do that right thing' at great cost to himself and family.
A most original and dramatic film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcy on 13 July 2014
Format: DVD
One man, one mistake and many voices to contend with... a brilliant film like no other! A screen stealing performance from Tom Hardy, who carries off a great Welsh accent all throughout the film playing Ivan Locke! The film starts of like an advert for a BMW car, but you know it's going to be a long journey down the M1 for Locke, as soon as you realise the error he made in the past.

Hardy, brilliantly switches into different modes whilst talking to different characters on his hands free kit on the motorway and credit to him for remaining congruent all throughout the journey. Without giving too much away, this film will keep you gripped till the very end as Hardy portrays different emotions to pull off a brilliant one man show.

A good supporting cast and definitely worth a watch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 29 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
You could imagine the look on the studios face when the idea for this film was pitched.

'Yeah, it's about some Welsh fella who is driving to London to be at the birth of his child, but he's married, and there's a problem with some concrete'.

Now on face value, you couldn't imagine this film doing anything for anybody, let alone pay to see a man driving for ninety minutes, we do enough of that already. But look deeper, and this is the story of a man who has obviously come from a bad childhood, and under no circumstances, will he follow in his fathers footsteps, even if it does mean his life will be left in tatters.

In the past five years, everything Hardy has done, even if the film is a load of old cobblers like This Means War, has shown that he can out act everyone on screen, and here, it's literally just him, and a few phone calls.

But what makes the film so interesting is the fact that he's chucking everything away for someone he hardly knows, someone he met on a business trip, because he knows deep down he has a responsibility for an unborn child, an innocent who needs a father in their life, as its clear that Locke never had that in his life.

But then things go from bad to worse. There is a problem with his work, and even when the worst case scenario happens, he still helps a colleague, even when his unborn child is having a difficult birth and is at high risk, he is still there to talk to his teenage children.

Hardy is superb in the titular role, using every emotion through out the film, but oddly remaining calm during his life changing journey.

I can really understand why people are dismissing this as boring, but you really have to understand that this is more than a mans life going to ruins.
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