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Directed by Steven Knight.
A successful construction manager’s life is drastically changed by a series of phone calls while he drives.
Ivan Locke gets in his BMW X5 one evening in Birmingham and he sets off on a journey to London. Over the course of the 90 minutes he expects to be in his car, he knows he has to make some phone calls and these phone calls will change his life forever. Locke knows this, he is prepared for it, and in this new film from Steven Knight the events unfold very nearly in real time in the confides of only Locke’s car with only actor Tom Hardy on screen for the duration of the 90 minutes, making it one of the most compelling, engrossing and (crucially) realistic experiences I have seen for quite some time.
- Rohan Morbey
Review Simon Brew 18 Apr 2014 - 06:00
By his own admission, Tom Hardy is a man who sometimes veers between - and enjoys - overacting and underacting. For Locke, however, he doesn't have that luxury. Instead, it's a concentrated 85 minutes of acting and character we get here, in a compulsive thriller set, basically, on the British motorway system. People have already called it Hardy's best performance, and there's little evidence throughout Locke's running time to disprove the theory.
Locke is a single actor in a single (moving) location piece, not unlike Buried (with Ryan Reynolds) and All Is Lost (with Robert Redford). The single location in this case however is a car, as Hardy's Ivan Locke leaves his place of work where he's supervising the following morning's arrival of hundreds of trucks carrying concrete, »
Director: Steven Knight.
Running Time: 85 Minutes.
Synopsis: A successful construction manager’s life is drastically changed by a series of phone calls while he drives.
Tom Hardy has a rep for trying new things. And, while the actor may have familiarised himself with a number of diverse roles over the years – whether it be an eccentric, moustache-wearer in Bronson, a cardigan-sporting un-killable brother in Lawless, or bulky, inaudible baddie in The Dark Knight Rises – it’s Steven Knight’s Locke that is perhaps one of his most challenging so far. It’s very much an indie film grounded in reality, yet is essentially an experimental flick that solely relies on Hardy’s ability to command attention, because he’s the only person in it.
Hardy assumes the role of Ivan Locke, a valued manager of a construction team who, »
- Mike Williams
Directed by Steven Knight
A construction manager’s life slowly falls apart on his drive home from work.
Locke’s titular character is Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), a Welsh (it takes a while to get past the ‘camp Bane’ accent quickly) construction manager, who’s on the eve of overseeing the largest ever concrete pour outside of a military project. But instead of doing that, he is bound by another duty, and drives off into the night. The entirety of Locke is set within this car journey.
The film’s title is a reference to 17th century English philosopher John Locke. You know, the ‘men are born free but everywhere are in chains’ guy. It’s an apt namesake, as Ivan finds himself trapped by his very mode of freedom – his car.
It’s very high concept, and »
- Oliver Davis
Tom Hardy is brilliant as usual, playing Locke, a conscientious man whose life is thrown into chaos, but writer/director Steven Knight (the Oscar-nominated writer behind Dirty Pretty Things) gives him the perfect vehicle to exercise his talents. Specifically, it's a BMW sports utility vehicle which he must drive from Wales to London in just over 90 minutes.
It's not a race, though. This isn't one of those tick-tock thrillers where people die if the speedometer drops below 80mph. Locke is a careful, precise man, the foreman of a building site who might even be described as pernickety – except that he is also the engineer of his own downfall. After knocking off work one evening, he should be going home to his wife and sons, but there is another woman who needs him at her side. »
UK writer-turned-director Steven Knight ("Dirty Pretty Things," "Eastern Promises") introduced a screening of "Locke" (April 25) at his agency CAA Monday night. On the one hand, "Locke" is a daring film experiment (similar to Mike Figgis' triptych "Time Code"), as Knight wanted to film one performance in normal time from start to finish. Using three multiple cameras, inside and outside a BMW driving through the night on the M6, Knight and actor Tom Hardy ran through an intense sequence of bluetooth phone calls 16 times over 12 days. No other actor appears on screen--the voice actors, including Olivia Colman and Ruth Wilson, were sitting in a conference room as the calls rolled into Hardy's car. On the other, "Locke" is a tense, well-written and edited drama carried by Hardy's riveting, naturalistic performance. You can see that Hardy is really driving. As the movie unfolds, you start to figure out why the very stressed Ivan Locke, »
- Anne Thompson
In the upcoming thriller Locke, Tom Hardy stars as a man driving from Birmingham to London, when he receives a phone call that will alter his life forever, on the eve of a career-defining moment. Lionsgate UK has released two TV spots that follow his journey in both a straight-forward version and in reverse as he tries to get his life in order. Written and directed by Steven Knight and co-starring Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman and Tom Holland, this thriller, arriving in U.K. theaters April 18 and U.S. theaters April 25.
Steven Knight's (Hummingbird, Peaky Blinders) upcoming thriller Locke has released its latest trailer on the interwebz which somehow manages to beat its first teaser for 'impressive film magazine quotes.'
"Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that will set in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul."
- Oliver Davis
Here's the latest trailer for Tom Hardy's upcoming thriller, Locke. The Steven Knight-directed film looks really good. One of our writers had a chance to see the film at Sundance, and she really enjoyed Hardy's performance. You can read her review of it here.
Ivan Locke has crafted a nearly flawless life. Professionally, he is an obsessive perfectionist, respected by his coworkers and loved by his bosses. He cherishes the bond he shares with his two sons and the unshakeable partnership he has developed with his wife. This is the life he always imagined, an ideal existence built with painstaking care. Hours before the biggest day of his career, Locke receives a phone call that threatens to destroy the life he has worked so meticulously to create. As he struggles to keep his world intact, he is forced to confront his imperfections and the fractured foundation where they are rooted. »
- Joey Paur
Since he tore up the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's bold biopic Bronson, English actor Tom Hardy has proved a riveting screen presence in films like Inception, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Such mesmerizing charisma is an absolute must for his latest lead in the challenging thriller Locke. As you might have guessed from the Yahoo trailer up top, the whole success of this film is dependent on Hardy's performance. While the cast boasts members like Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty), their roles come down to voice work. Locke only ever shows Hardy on screen. A man alone on his phone in a car shouldn't work as an engaging film, but look at the pull quotes in the trailer above, and it's pretty apparent this one does. Here's the film's official synopsis: »
The Dark Knight Rises actor stars in the film about a long, night time drive across the country.
The film centres around a Welsh building site manager (Hardy) who receives concerned calls from family and colleagues during his mysterious journey.
Hardy will work with Knight again on the second series of British crime drama Peaky Blinders.
Locke will open in UK cinemas on April 18. »
Lionsgate just unveiled a domestic trailer for the upcoming "Locke" thriller, starring Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott Olivian Colman and Tom Holland. Check it out below. Plot: The story of one man's life unraveling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. Ivan Locke (Hardy) has the perfect family, his dream job, and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career. But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line. The new movie is written and directed by Steven Knight (Redemption) and is set to hit theaters on April 25th. Trailer: »
In what looks to be a one-man show for Tom Hardy, Locke sees a man’s life come crashing down around him during his drive home. This entire trailer takes place within the car as Ivan Locke (Hardy) is inundated with a number of phone calls referencing a life changing incident. From the the writer of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, this is sure to be a powerful and dramatic piece, Steven Knight also takes on directorial duties in his followup to last year’s Hummingbird.
The trailer will certainly be gripping for those that like strong performances, and the mystery surrounding the calls is also something that will certainly have me watching the film intently. Obviously the images aren’t much to go on, with them all just looking like Tom Hardy in car, but still, don’t give up on it based on those.
Locke is released »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
The international trailer hit last month, now A24 Films has debuted the first domestic trailer for the Tom Hardy-led "Locke". The self-contained drama stays entirely within a car with Hardy being the only actor on screen.
Unfolding in real time, Hardy plays a successful family man whose life unravels during one car ride. Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman and Tom Holland lend their voices to characters who call in during the trip. The film opens April 25th.
- Garth Franklin
Much-buzzed-about new drama Locke is essentially a two-hander: Tom Hardy and his shiny BMW in communion. The two spend 90-odd minutes together as Hardy's Ivan Locke drives from Birmingham to London. An incessant chirrup of phonecalls via Bluetooth leaves Locke to fight rising panic as his life threatens to unravel in a blur of cat's eyes and motorway signs.It's much closer to the true tone of the film than the thriller-ish first trailer. Without giving too much away, writer/director Steven Knight's main interests are not gimicky plot contrivances but good old-fashioned character development and human drama. It's been compared to a radio play, but we'd throw in Buried as another obvious touchstone.His Knight of the road, Hardy, always a mesmerising screen presence, is one of the few actors with the chops to carry the conceit. The promo shows off Locke's increasingly clammy charisma and an »
Following the international trailer released last month, A24 Films has debuted the first domestic trailer for Locke, starring Tom Hardy. The story centers on a successful family man (Tom Hardy) who receives a mysterious phone call that forces him on a race against time to save his wife (Ruth Wilson) and children, one day before the biggest moment of his professional career. Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman and Tom Holland co-star in the upcoming thriller, which hits theaters nationwide April 25 from A24 Films.
The story of one man's life unraveling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. Ivan Locke has the perfect family, his dream job, and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career. But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line.
How do you make a movie about a guy driving a car for an hour, talking on his cell phone, compelling? Well, you get Tom Hardy to lead and Steven Knight to write and direct it, and if you're lucky enough, you wind up with something like "Locke." Minimal perhaps, but that doesn't make the drama any less potent for this one, following the trials of a single man on a drive from Birmingham to London, putting his life in order with nothing more than determination and a mobile. And while Hardy is the only one on screen, that doesn't mean the star wattage ends there, with Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Tom Holland, Bill Milner, Ben Daniels and Andrew Scott all lending their support in voice roles on the other end of the line. And it adds up to quite a package with our review calling it, "a very impressive film. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Watch the trailer A24 Films' "Locke" starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland and Bill Milner. This joins the new poster we added recently for the film from helmer and scribe Stephen Knight ("Eastern Promises"). Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, "Locke" is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. »
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things) and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him. Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Written and directed by Steven Knight and also starring Ruth Wilson, Olivia »
- Pietro Filipponi
A24 has released, via Yahoo! Movies , both the domestic trailer and poster for writer/director Steven Knight's Locke , starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Olivia Colman, Tom Holland, Ben Daniels, Danny Webb, Alice Lowe, Bill Milner, Lee Ross, Silas Carson and Kirsty Dillon. Check them both out below! Locke is the story of one man's life unraveling in a tension-fuelled ninety minute race against time. Ivan Locke has the perfect family, his dream job, and tomorrow should be the crowning moment of his career. But one phone call will force him to make a decision that will put it all on the line. Locke hits UK theaters on April 18 and A24 will release the film in North America on April 25. »
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