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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

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By film fan VINE VOICE on 3 May 2014
Format: DVD
I saw this British gem of a film at my local multiplex cinema and I was completely taken in by it. It was one of the best British films I'd seen in a very long time. It had pretty much everything, drama, suspense, and terrific acting by Tom Hardy I thought.

It tells of Ivan Locke, who's happily married with two sons, who leaves work in Birmingham on his way home or so we're led to believe. He's on his way to a hospital in London and be there for the birth of his baby he had with another woman. He wants to "do the right thing" and be there at the birth of his baby. With plenty of calls on his Bluetooth hands free kit, with names of his family, work colleagues and the other woman, coming up on the screen, it all makes for a gripping and frenetic 80 minutes. He also speaks to his dead father as though he was there in the car with him.

All the action takes place in and around the car of Ivan Locke. Very strange some might say. May be. But it kept this viewer gripped right on through to the end. My eyes never left the screen for a single moment. It's one of the best films I've seen so far this year at least. It's a brilliant idea and in all honesty, the film works on so many levels. It's dramatic, emotional, and completely absorbing to this reviewer anyway. I would recommend it definitely.
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4 of 4 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 Mr. C. Gelderd VINE VOICE on 7 Aug 2014
Format: Blu-ray
From the opening titles setting up the night-time ahead and placing us in the spacious and luxurious BMW we will be driving in for the next 84 minutes with our man Tom Hardy, the mood is set and the tone is apparent. It’s quiet, moody and atmospheric and the doors lock to keep you in whether you like it or not. It’s these brilliant and daring films that take a situation so ordinary, so humane and perversely allow us sit and watch a small disaster unfurl before our eyes. We can’t deny as primates we are drawn to human conflict and drama and as we sit comfortably watching this story play out, we can’t help experience the tension, awkwardness and subtle warmth emanating through an event that probably happens more times than we know about to the ordinary man in the street. Only this time we are allowed to watch it happen. It’s car-crash cinema; you shouldn’t watch something bad happening, but you can’t help it.

Car-crash cinema here is used in the manner that the story explores a series of events slowly spiralling out of control through emotional conflict and dramatic conversation. As the magnificent Tom Hardy is the only focus for us to share the journey with, the supporting actors all play their characters via Bluetooth phone conversations in his car; we hear their voices and their plight, but never see them, and that works all the more for it because you can picture every shout, tear, laugh and scream they give in their surroundings. The best tool is the human mind to paint a picture, and from the material given you can picture everything you hear and it works far more effectively than if we were jumping between actors and locations.

This also is a plus, the fact we are with Ivan Locke during his journey and don’t get any breaks or respite; much like Locke.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Four Violets VINE VOICE on 11 July 2014
Format: DVD
We see Locke leaving a construction site and getting into a car. He drives away. The phone rings and he talks to his wife, his two sons, his boss and others. Through the night that follows, as he drives we gradually piece together the fact that this night is a crucial turning point in his life. Because of something he did a few months ago he is poised to lose everything, family, job, all that is important. One of the people Locke is speaking to is not real, it is his dead father, and we learn that Locke is determined not to pass on the mistakes he feel his own father made. In fact it is Locke's determination to do the right thing, that is going to bring his world crashing down. While feeling a huge admiration for his steadfastness, I left the cinema feeling extremely sad.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew J. Parker on 22 April 2014
Format: DVD
Interesting (and short) film starring man of the moment Tom Hardy. Ivan Locke has decided that he has to deal with all the serious issues that have been bubbling up in his life and sets off on a long car journey after finishing work to sort them all out. That is pretty much the premise of the film as all we see in this film is Hardy driving on a road and talking to various people on his hands free phone. The situations he's involved in may well strike home to many people who watch and to be honest, when certain people's names appear ringing on his phone the tension can become unbearable, be it his boss, wife, son or past one night stand! Full marks go to Hardy for making what could be a difficult slog a gripping experience, but whether you'd want to watch it again, or indeed whether you can get past his Rob Brydon accent, just stop it from getting 5 stars. Well worth a viewing though.
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