Started out promising and intriguing, but lost steam for me. An interesting concept, and very good effort/performance form Hardy, but probably one better suited for a short than a feature length picture.
Not since '12 Angry Men' has a film with such creative limitation expertly crafted conflict, tension suspense and characterisation to reveal nuanced and multi-faceted character. An oft-ignored diamond of contemporary cinema.
Nice idea, and visually impressive in parts; but way too extended and would have worked better as a short. Much too dialogue driven for my tastes, with no real suspense, and the main character; whether intentionally, or due to terrible acting, feels totally fake. I questioned whether it was actually meant to be a black comedy, but highly unlikely. Wasted potential.
[Spoilers] Tom Hardy (doing his best Anthony Hopkins voice) in a consummate display of frustration, anger and professional pride, where the latter vies with a personal determination to not follow in the footsteps of his father by Doing The Right Thing. A little too over-thought-out, and perhaps Hardy plays his role as a little too old, but riveting nonetheless.
Well crafted exercise in form that covers a surprising amount of emotional ground given the restrictive setting. I wasn't quite sold on his sudden lack of commitment to his family and children given his background issues with abandonment. 3.5 stars
15 minutes into the film I thought "Damn, how much time will he spent in phone calls?!", little did I now... The truth is that Tom Hardy did a very good job. The film didn't bore me (it was also very short), but once I realised the whole thing was going to be about his car journey and him trying to fix things with everyone, I just kept waiting for some sort of twist or impactful ending that sadly did not happen.
A smartly made journey of a man whose life crumbles apart in the 90 minutes of his car journey. Really clever. Brilliantly acted (we all know Hardy as a highly energetic actor, but in Locke, it's all about subtlety), and very well shot.
Director Steven Knight has crafted a fascinating film made most vital by the hypnotic turn by actor Tom Hardy. The entire film is confined within a journey behind the wheel down to London and various phone conversations that reveal the lead's inner character. What could have been just a stunt or actor's exercise is instead a vital portrait of a man forsaking his comfortable life in the name of what's morally right.