a very engaging film that fell a little flat. It kept me intrigued until the very end however I did feel let down. The concept was great and as a man whom has had to deal with similar issues in my own life it did hit a chord. Maybe the ending would have been better (looking for a better word) if Bethan or the baby had died during childbirth and Locke ruined his life for something he may have got away with by his family never knowing his dirty little secret but then that is a very unpleasant thought that a child has died and half of the conversations during the film would become obsolete, either that or Locke just crashes the car or commits suicide. We are only remembered for the most recent things we have done.
On paper this should not work, yet it is entirely engaging.
One man and his car. The man's name is Ivan Locke and his life is going to change completely during an hour and a half trip in his car while he talks on the phone via bluetooth with several people. Soon we discover the destiny of the road trip and throughout the film we understand and follow this man's issues.
Tom Hardy is an actor of excellence so even before I saw the film I already knew that he would give all of him as he always does. This film is not quite a monologue but is close to it since the only character we see is Hardy's. He always shows the right emotions no matter the difficulty of the role, and this was hard work. He has the capacity of keeping us interested and using the right tension and despair he is able to carry the film. We really feel connected with Ivan Locke. This guy needs more praise than he gets, so underrated and so great!
This film is definitely good but we do not see what it sells. For me it was a solid drama and not an exciting thriller. We watch a man trying to do the right thing. Against what is heart wants in his head he believes that he needs to assume a mistake not to be haunted by ghosts of the past that lead to the less happy memories of his childhood and adolescence. Another thing that bothered me in the story was the writer's (which is also the director of this film, Steve Knight) insistence on what I am going to call the "concrete talk". I understand that he wanted to prove that Ivan Locke is very passionate about his work but I felt that I do not needed so much of that.
The best thing about it (Tom Hardy's performance apart) is the fact that besides caring about the main and only character we see on screen it made me also cared about all of the other characters and we never see them! We feel their emotions and that was really cool.
Locke is definitely a different film with an interesting cinematography and editing. Doing a film only set in a car on a highway is not an easy thing to do and not even because of that we feel less power but the misleading plot might be your major disappointment.
Donal, don't trust God when it comes to concrete.
Donal, don't trust God when it comes to concrete.
The main character (the awesome Tom Hardy) sees his life break down on a solo overnight car ride. A decent character study. follow me at https://IHateBadMovies.com
Anyone who saw similarities with John Lennon and his father? Anyway, unbelievable that in such minimalistic setup for a movie I never looked at the watch. 1 point taken because for a movie I would like to see other characers just for a second. On the other hand, although we don’t see others I had no problem to link all characters on the list, which is usually not a case when they showing up. Perhaps it has to do that in regular movies they usually don’t clearly name the characters leaving it to ‘intelligence’ of the viewer ;)
Liked the movie. Anyway, the whole movie is about him, as a "construction foreman?", in a car, fixing his "screw-up" through the phone and then in the process, losing his job, his wife and his home.The whole movie is placed in a car so it's definitely not a movie for someone who seeks action. However, If you have good imagination, maybe you might enjoy the movie.His accent is relaxing.An interesting movie, imo.
I never thought I'd like so much a movie filmed entirely in a car.
Tom Hardy is really very good to keep me entertained for more than 80 minutes without ever looking at the watch.
The story is also very interesting and calls that Tom Hardy's character receives during his journey help keep viewers glued to the screen.
OMG What a waste of time!
The score was absolutely terrible and ruined scenes that would have been better without. Tom Hardy was great, but his character is an idiot that created every single problem he faced in the movie. The style would have impressed me if it were the first movie that had been presented in such a minimalist way, but there have been many other movies that have done the same and been better.
A good example of minimalistic movie making. It shows you don't need tens of millions of dollars to create something nice.I just wish they came up with something a little more interesting than concrete pouring for the main story line...
Me siento maravillado por este tipo de trama, pensé que estaba viendo "Buried" de nuevo.
Un hombre en su coches y llamadas entrantes y salientes y su vida alrededor. Yo creyendo que iba a ver un thriller con twist final y no, es un dramón. De los que sólo se sostiene con un trabajo de interpretación tan soberbio y naturalista como el de Tom Hardy aquí.
Interesting movie, acting, idea, the character development of off-screen characters. All is great, but for the ending. There is no ending!! There are lot of promises, lot of unresolved issue that are raised, but are left completely unresolved. And it dissapointed me a lot.It could have been briliant movie, but beacuse of the "lack" of ending it is below average.
Tom Hardy gives an absorbing and natural performance.
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i think locke's taking care of the concrete job is a way to get distracted so that he won't get cold feet and rethink what he's doing because 90 minute is a long drive to do whithout getting doubts and fears.. it's also a way to tell his dad that there's a way to do the right thing and save the day , i think the film maker is trying to say that it's always harder to do the right thing but here's an example and you decide what to do when it's your turn.