Synopsis: Ivan (Tom Hardy) has a big day coming up at work but a decision to do the right thing sets his life into free-fall.
Stan's thoughts: Locke is a film in which a man is driving his car making and receiving phones calls. Considering the concept it is a thrilling film but not in the way the trailer suggests, you can understand why the filmmakers struggled with that.
Tom Hardy gives a nerve-jangling performance as a man juggling the twin pressures of work and family life as a one-off past misdemeanor comes back to haunt him. He is a man trying desperately to do the right thing while everyone around him thinks he is doing quite the opposite, trying to remain calm as those around him fall apart.
Lets face it a film that can make a concrete pour at a building site thrilling has to get awards in fact that is the genius of the film is in taking a story line you'd expect to see strung out in a soap opera and making it thrilling and engaging.
I'm not sure the sequences when he talks to his dead father completely work in putting his decisions into context but overall this is a surprising film, surprising for not being at all what I expected and surprisingly good considering the concept had I known.
- Stan’s 78%
- IMDB 77%
- Metascore 79%
- Rotten Tomatoes 89%
- RT Audience Rating 74%