Top positive review
Superb Writing, Great Performance, A Quiet Perfection.
8 April 2017
As I was watching this film that old statement 'All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.' I know that is often used to describe huge moments in history but this film beautifully displays a single human being in the course of one night trying to do something good in the face of, not necessarily evil, but a single mistake whose consequence amounts to huge personal outcomes for all concerned. The interior of the car becomes his and our small world for a few night hours into which voices bring snatches of the world beyond. It is a beautifully written piece and Stephen Knight has written a fantastic script and Tom Hardy takes the writing and breathes something gloriously small and monumental into the words at the same time. It's a film that defies categorisation and is its own unique thing. Hardy never overwhelms the script, which many actors may have been tempted to do, he shows a man dealing with demons of his past and present as best he can without self pity and with a will to be the best man he can given his situation. I love the fact that I became really concerned about how the concrete pour was going to go because Ivan Locke did and it takes a lot to get me interested in concrete . I think it is one of the quietest and most beautiful films I have seen for a while, up there with Manchester by the sea in my humble opinion. I came upon it by accident and am thrilled that I did. If you are prepared to accept that a film that has superb writing and one single great performance is sufficient to hold your attention without huge budget special effects, action sequences or sweeping landscapes, then give this film a chance. One man driving and talking on the phone to different people would probably put many people off but, my friends, this small quiet film lets you experience in under an hour and a half how one human being's seemingly small domestic predicament can make you feel complicit in eavesdropping on a man's internal struggle to be who he needs to be . Losing everything he holds most dear, his work his family, terrifies him but still he inexorably drives towards what he feels he has to do to be the sort of man he can bear to look at in the car mirror.