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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, Locke is a thrillingly unique cinematic experience of a man fighting to salvage all that is important to him.
- Michelle McCue
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
A24 Films has released the U.S. trailer for writer/director Steven Knight’s thriller Locke. The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. All of the action of the film takes place within the confines of the car during Locke’s drive, which is quite a tricky conceit to keep compelling for the length of a feature film. By all accounts, though, Knight has succeeded, as Matt called the film “surprisingly captivating” in his review. This trailer showcases the immense amount of pressure that Locke is under as well as Hardy’s intense performance, and it certainly looks to be engaging stuff. Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, images, and poster. Locke opens on April 25th. »
- Adam Chitwood
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
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- MaryAnn Johanson
Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o take prizes at awards celebrating diversity.
Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave was the big winner at the 9th Screen Nation Film & Television Awards in London last night.
Lupita Nyong’o, who co-starred alongside Ejiofor in McQueen’s period epic, picked up Favourite Female African Intl. Rising Screen Talent at the awards, which celebrate diversity in film and television.
Biyi Bandele’s Half of A Yellow Sun was »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Chiwetel Ejiofor's recent BAFTA win for Best Actor was a sweet victory for the 36-year-old actor, and not just because it came on home turf. Eight years previously, the Londoner scored (and lost) his first BAFTA nod in the Rising Star category. Last Sunday's win, atop a slew of recent honors for his imposing turn as freeman-turned-slave Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave" -- including, of course, his first Oscar nomination -- underlined the fact that his star has now risen. Long a promising standout in films as diverse as "Dirty Pretty Things," "Kinky Boots" and "Redbelt," the stage-trained star has now asserted himself as a leading man of formidable presence and intelligence. Ejiofor caught up with us by phone from New Zealand -- where he's currently shooting Craig Zobel's sci-fi project "Z for Zachariah" alongside Chris Pine and Margot Robbie -- to discuss his approach to Steve McQueen's film, »
- Guy Lodge
The UK trailer for the Tom Hardy one man show Locke just dropped ahead of its April 25th U.S. release. Written and directed by Steven Knight (the screenwriter behind Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things), the film plots the unravelling of Ivan Locke over the course of a singular drive home from Birmingham to London. Well-received upon its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, the constrained character study conveys dynamism despite its four door setting. »
- Sarah Salovaara
There are some actors who command the screen simply by virtue of their presence. Without uttering a line, they attract the audience’s attention and hold it for as long as they’re on screen. I’m growing convinced that Tom Hardy is one such actor, and he’ll have the opportunity to prove it with Locke, which stars a multitude of performers but visually, only features Hardy alone in a car.
The film follows Ivan Locke (Hardy), a regular man trying to keep his life together during a single drive. He calls up various people in his life, but the audience will only hear their voices. It is Hardy who commands the screen throughout and it shows great faith from writer/director Steven Knight to feature him and only him for the entire 90 minute runtime.
While the first trailer for Locke gives nothing away in terms of plot, it »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Trailer Ryan Lambie 17 Feb 2014 - 16:46
Here's a great example of a trailer that's pleasingly high on tension yet low on revealing plot details. Steven Knight's forthcoming Locke is a single-location thriller about a businessman on a drive from Wales to London and feeling his life unravelling around him as he does so. Tom Hardy plays the title character, whose past comes back to haunt him on this fateful motorway journey, where tailbacks and overpriced service station pasties are the least of his problems.
The festival buzz for the film suggests that Hardy turns in a pared back, excellent performance in a pared back, excellent film. Knight is the writer behind such films as Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, and previously wrote and directed the Jason Statham »
He drew huge cheers as he reached the podium to receive his award. "I'm so deeply honoured and privileged," he said, thanking director Steve McQueen. "Thank you for you work, your artisty and your passion in this project … to make it of such value, of such worth. This is yours by the way – I'm going to keep it, that's the kind of guy I am, but it's yours."
He thanked his fellow cast members, including Michael Fassbender, saying "you are a marvel" and called them all "an extraordinary group – everybody bringing an extraordinary passion to this project". He also thanked his family, telling his new niece and nephew, »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The film stars Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man who is driving down to London to be present of the birth of his child. But his wife (Ruth Wilson) is not actually the one giving birth, and his teenage sons (Bill Milner and Tom Holland) are at home, disappointed that their father was not at their football match. The film follows a 90-minute real time race against the clock to make sure his life stays normal. A film with Tom Hardy in a car? Sign us up!
Steven Knight, writer of films like Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises, takes on writing and directing duties for the film. It is set to be released April 18th, with a trailer coming sometime Monday, »
- Lucy Cave
If you've ever dreamed of sharing a long car ride just talking to Tom Hardy, well, you are cleaner of mind than most of his fans. Ahd you're also in luck, because in his new drama Locke he spends 84 minutes in real time just driving down the M6 and M1 on his way back to London. Here's the first poster for the film.Hardy's Ivan Locke is driving to London to be present at the birth of his child. Just a few complications: his wife (Ruth Wilson) is not the woman giving birth. His teenage sons (Tom Holland and Bill Millner) are at home, disappointed that he won't be home to see a football match. And the next day is due to see a key stage in a huge construction project that he's overseeing. So no pressure then.Hardy's is the only face you'll see in the 84-minute film, but »
Ah, our favorite magazine tradition. Vanity Fair's 20th Annual Hollywood Issue is upon us and the dozen stars selected they've selected are very carefully placed (they've read their own reviews). Instead of an all white lineup with a person of color shoved onto the back fold, this is an extremely careful, as if everything has been weighed on a scale: 12 actors, exactly equally split between both men and women, and skin color.
Of course both of those 50/50 visual situations are grossly unreflective of the actual business of Hollywood movies but we're not here to complain but to praise, it's fun to see the cover shaken up ever so slightly. If we were here to complain we'd probably say something about the lack of Asian actors (they never get their due here in America) but no one has ever asked The Film Experience to guest art-direct a cover.
If they did »
- NATHANIEL R
One of the chief pleasures of the Göteborg International Film Festival, aside from the charming Swedishness of it all (particularly fond of the helper whose novel take on the “switch off your f*cking phone” message was to implore us not to forget to turn our phones “back on, the second you leave”), is the quality time we get to spend with our interview subjects. One of or most enjoyable meetings this time out was with screenwriter Steven Knight, whose fascinating sophomore directorial outing “Locke,” (our review from Venice is here) played the festival. Here are the fruits of our wide-ranging conversation with the “Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Peaky Blinders” writer (who also—random trivia—devised and originally pitched “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”), including his thoughts on writing for TV vs. film, his crowded upcoming slate and lots about “Locke” ...so we should probably give a little background. »
- Jessica Kiang
These days, the character’s situation might be a metaphor for the film’s writer-director, Steven Knight. With “Locke” having premiered Jan. 17 in Sundance, and a raft of scripts in various stages of production or development — including projects for Helen Mirren (the Oprah Winfrey-produced “The Hundred-Foot Journey”), Tobey Maguire (Bobby Fischer biopic “Pawn Sacrifice”) and Jeff Bridges (big-budget fantasy “Seventh Son”) — Knight could hardly be busier.
Along with “Locke,” he directed a second feature last year: Jason Statham starrer “Redemption,” a sincere, yet staggeringly unconventional romance between a soup-kitchen nun and a homeless Afghanistan war veteran — “a story I didn’t think other directors would go for,” he says. Audiences didn’t go for it either. The film grossed a mere $37,000 domestically. »
- Peter Debruge
Steve McQueen deserves every gong going for his unflinching portrayal of slavery
While it is not the role of critics to tell people which films to see and which to avoid (audiences make those decisions for themselves), let me begin by saying that if you have any interest in cinema – or, for that matter, in art, economics, politics, drama, literature or history – then you need to watch 12 Years a Slave. If, as now seems possible, this very powerful film from British director Steve McQueen achieves a clean sweep in the forthcoming best picture categories, it will be a rare example of awards ceremonies getting it right.
That McQueen may be on the verge of becoming not only the first black film-maker to win an Oscar for best director, but the first to do so while in possession of a Turner prize, lends enough historical precedent to merit your attention. But »
- Mark Kermode
After parallel successes on stage and screen, the Londoner is being lauded as one of the greatest actors of his generation
However good they are, actors always need a defining role to transform them into a film star, and as the kidnap victim Solomon Northup in the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor has found his.
Always an impressive performer on screen – certainly since his breakthrough role as a refugee doctor opposite Audrey Tautou in 2002's Dirty Pretty Things – Ejiofor is now on the cusp of joining the global film-acting elite. He has already been the recipient of scores of year-end critics' awards for 12 Years a Slave, as well as Golden Globe and Bafta nominations – and the industry will view it a significant scandal if an Oscar nomination doesn't materialise on 16 January.
Northup is the central figure in McQueen's project to confront the Us with its slavery past. »
- Andrew Pulver
Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Actor (Robert Redford in ‘All Is Lost’) (See also: "Oscar Predictions 2014: Best Picture, Best Director.") The 2014 Academy Awards’ Best Actor field is overflowing with well-received performances by film veterans and super-veterans. No less than ten actors are found on our lists of nominees and immediate runners-up; that means our list of Best Actor "long shots" is all but meaningless, as, barring a miracle, there’s no chance for any of those actors to be shortlisted for an Oscar this year. (See also: “Best Actress 2014 Oscar Predictions: Meryl Streep to Break Another Record?”) Note: Our list of likely Best Actor nominees matches four of the 2014 SAG Awards’ five nominees in that category. Now, it’s good to remember three things regarding the SAG Awards vs. the Academy Awards: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Actors Branch, about 1,100 members, tends to be more "elitist" (or »
- Steve Montgomery
19 items from 2014
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