Locke (2013)

Ivan Locke is a man who seemingly has everything; the job, the family, and he’s about to build one of the largest construction feats in UK history. But he decides to follow a path that goes against human nature, which could potentially lose him all that he currently has, but the reward of which may be something he never knew he wanted.

the review

This is nothing short of an emotional roller-coaster ride for the audience. Not 13 minutes into the film, I was already feeling tingling in my fingers, and an overall nervousness in my body. Considering, this is just a film of a man driving on the motorways in England, it will make you feel nervous, excited, happy and anxious all at the same time…but not only whilst watching it, but for a long while afterwards!

Tom Hardy is of course the best actor to play the role of Ivan Locke. It must’ve been an incredibly lonely place to film this – alone in the driving seat of his X5 – but he does it so well, portraying a man who believes he is control of everything and everyone when, in reality is actually at the mercy of and reliance upon those closest to him. It’s this battle, between what he expects outcomes to be, compared with what actually happens, is a recurring theme throughout the film, showing that no matter how much we want something, if it’s not in your hands, then it’s not up to you to decide.

The story centres around Locke and his decision to stick with his principles, even though the act of doing so will inevitably end in sorrow for everyone concerned. But it’s his unwavering belief that everything will work out in the end, which is what keeps him going, struggling against the barriers that are raised time and time again, throughout the film. In the end, you start to wonder as to why he continues down the path he’s chosen to follow – any normal person would clearly go for an easier life, right? – however as the film progresses you realise his principles are borne out of his need for history to not repeat itself.

Because of the lack of additional scenes, this film relies heavily on the script and acting from Hardy as well as those he interacts with by phone. Everything is spot on, from the minimalistic soundtrack, to Hardy’s Welsh accent – I can honestly say I wouldn’t be able to pick out anything that was amiss here.

who should watch it?

This film is tense. Not in a psychological thriller type of way, but it puts the audience in the driving seat (quite literally) and asks how would you react if you were in the same position. Fifteen minutes on, and I am only just coming down from the level of anxiety and tension I felt whilst watching this!

This is more about individual performance than action, so is notably slow-paced, but that certainly shouldn’t put you off.