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Locke (2013)

R  |   |  Drama  |  18 April 2014 (UK)
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Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence.



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Complete credited cast:
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Katrina (voice)
Donal (voice)
Gareth (voice)
Eddie (voice)
Sean (voice)
Cassidy (voice)
Sister Margaret (voice)
Doctor Gullu (voice)
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Gareth's Wife (voice)


Leaving the construction site on the eve of a major project, construction manager Ivan Locke receives news that sends him driving the two hours from Birmingham to London, but even further from the life he once knew. Making the decision that he has to make, he then calls his wife, his sons, his co-workers and boss telling them the secret that he is bearing and trying to keep his job and family intact. But even more importantly, he will have to face himself and the choices he has made. Written by Anne Campbell

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No turning back



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Rated R for language throughout. | See all certifications »

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Лок  »

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$81,006 (USA) (25 April 2014)


$1,361,423 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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Did You Know?


According to writer/director Steven Knight, the name Locke is partly a tribute to philosopher John Locke. See more »


The new baby is 2 months premature, yet is heard crying lustily. See more »


Ivan Locke: It was once.
Katrina: And the difference between never and once is the whole world. The difference between never and once is the difference between good and bad.
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Referenced in Film 2015: Episode dated 12 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Hardy delivers a magnificent performance
24 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Tom Hardy plays Ivan Locke, a successful construction manager who makes a major decision on his journey home which will impact on every aspect of his life.

This a low budget drama from writer and director Steven Knight with Hardy the sole screen presence. As he takes to the road he is seemingly a man in control of his destiny, determined to do the right thing only for everything to slowly unravel. Through conversations on the phone he tries to negotiate an emerging crisis at work with his boss and an evolving domestic situation with a concerned wife and sons desperate to have their dad home to watch the football.

With a premise of just one actor in a confined location it is testament to Hardy's acting nous that he can pull off such a taught, powerful performance solely based on reactions to the increasingly dramatic phone calls. Locke is unrelenting in his belief of doing the right thing and we see why when he has imagined conversations with his father, an apparently neglectful and emotionally absent figure in his life. These scenes in particular are beautifully shot with the use of Locke looking into the car mirrors for the man who isn't there.

It wastes very little of its short running time and overall is a captivating and rewarding film with a terrific central performance.

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