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Knight/Hardy - a winning combination
on 30 September 2017
Watching this inspired movie is like reading a book or listening to a play on radio. The threads of the story taking place in Locke's hands-free phonecalls and conversations with his absent father have to be visualised in the watcher's imagination in the real-time drive along the busy motorway, so there's no doubt you have to be completely engrossed in the character's predicament. This works with ease because of the combination of a brilliant script by Steven (Peaky Blinders/Taboo) Knight and the performance by Tom Hardy (as Ivan Locke), one of his favoured actors - the script giving Hardy another chance to shine, and the performance doing justice to an outstanding idea. Locke's life is mirrored in his profession as a construction engineer, not least when he refers to a single mistake making his well-established world come crashing down. Central to it all, though, is that Locke's character has been shaped by a neglectful father, so his attitudes and choices - even now when he believes he has none - have actively been the opposite to that life model. The ending is left open, but Locke more than deserves a happy one.