2013 / 85m - UK
Locke poster


December 13, 2021


Single-location films aren't that novel anymore, but I don't think I've ever seen a straightforward drama executed like this. There's a sliver of mystery present in Locke, mostly during the first hour when you're still trying to figure out what is going on. Once all the cards are on the table, it's pure drama with only one actor in a car and several others on the phone.

Ivan Locke is a construction manager. He's terrific at his work, but on the night before his biggest job ever, he is sitting his his car, driving to London. He is doing his best to brief his next in command while trying to reach his family. There's also another woman calling him from the hospital, who seems to be the reason for Locke's sudden change of plans.

Tom Hardy gives a great performance, which was needed too as he's the only one you'll be watching for the entire runtime. The camera remains in the car at all times, others are just heard through the phone. The cinematography is solid considering the limited space, but the drama feels a bit too forced to make a real big impact. A solid film, but not quite the future classic I'd hoped to see.