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Dan's Review: "Locke" a great showcase for a one-man show
by DAN METCALF, JR.
May 16, 2014 | 3183 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tom Hardy in Locke  - © A24 Films
Tom Hardy in Locke - © A24 Films
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Locke (A24)

Rated R for language throughout.

Starring Tom Hardy, and (voices of) Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels, Tom Holland, Bill Milner, Danny Webb, Alice Lowe, Silas Carson, Lee Ross, Kirsty Dillon.

Written and directed by Steven Knight.

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One is the loneliest number when you life goes into a spiral. That’s the basic lesson in Locke – a film starring Tom Hardy as a successful businessman on a trip that will lead to chaos.

Set in England, Hardy stars as Ivan Locke, a man responsible for pouring a concrete foundation for the biggest construction development in history; a high rise that will reach new heights.

On the night before the big concrete pour, Locke sets out on a road trip that will take him 145 miles north to London. During his drive, Locke makes and receives several phone calls; from his boss, his foreman, his wife, his two young sons, politicians and others who are otherwise involved in his personal and professional life. On particular call he takes comes from a woman named Bethan (Olivia Coleman), is the reason for Locke’s road trip. He’s headed to be at her bedside when she gives birth to an illegitimate child; a baby conceived during a business trip together.

Resolved to be a better father than his now deceased dad, Locke risks losing his wife and kids, his job and his dignity to ‘do the right thing’ and be there for Bethan. As he struggles to keep his business commitments and family together, everything unravels as he gets closer and closer to London.

Locke is an interesting film, and a great showcase for the talents of Tom Hardy, whose most notable prior acting credit was playing the man behind Bane’s mask in 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises. Hardy gives a powerful performance as a man dedicated to building concrete structures, but suffers from the delusion that he can keep his personal life from crumbling.

Hardy is the only actor to appear on screen in Locke, which may turn some audiences off. It’s a one-man show, but Hardy does and expert job of providing a perfect view of the character’s life – without seeing anything but a man who’s multitasking during a long drive, and keeping viewers interested in the outcome of his story.

What to know what Jenniffer thinks of the movie? Check out her review here!



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