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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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Steven Knight

Writer:

Steven Knight
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Complete credited cast:
Tom Hardy ... Ivan Locke
Olivia Colman ... Bethan (voice)
Ruth Wilson ... Katrina (voice)
Andrew Scott ... Donal (voice)
Ben Daniels ... Gareth (voice)
Tom Holland ... Eddie (voice)
Bill Milner ... Sean (voice)
Danny Webb ... Cassidy (voice)
Alice Lowe ... Sister Margaret (voice)
Silas Carson ... Doctor Gullu (voice)
Lee Ross ... PC Davids (voice)
Kirsty Dillon ... Gareth's Wife (voice)
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Storyline

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout. | See all certifications »

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To spice things up and keep Tom Hardy on his toes, director Steven Knight would tell new things to the actors on the phone to incorporate while shooting the scenes. For example, for some takes he told Ruth Wilson, who plays Katrina Locke, to play her character like she wanted to kick Ivan from the house for a while and now she finally had the opportunity. See more »

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Locke talks about 350 metric tonnes of concrete as being the largest concrete pour in Europe ever (apart from nuclear and military facilities). Concrete is calculated by volume. 350 tonnes is about 160 cubic metres - basically about enough to fill a room that is 9 metres long x 9 metres wide x 2 metres deep. The price of this concrete would be somewhere in the region of £10,000 at 2014 prices. Many projects exist where over 3,000 cubic metres has been poured in a day (about 6,600 tonnes), so 350 tonnes isn't something a decent sized company would get too excited about, and you could probably complete it in 3-4 hours with just one concrete pump. See more »

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Ivan Locke: And because the baby was caused by me. That is the decision I have made. I have not behaved in the right way with this woman. At all. I have behaved in a way that isn't like me. But now I am going to do the right thing.
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Impressive vehicle for Mr. Hardy
30 April 2014 | by bbickley13-921-58664See all my reviews

I went to see the movie because the review of the movie said that it would change what you thought about film making. This would be true if you've never seen a movie before, but that is not the case.

Not to say that the movie is not good. It acts as a sort of one man play starring Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man who made a mistake in his past that threatens to unwrap his perfect life when he tries to do the right thing. The movie totally relies on the actor playing the role and Tom steps up to the challenge nicely.

But I've seen this kind of one man play with Buried starring Ryan Reynolds and Brake starring Stephen Dorff. I can even mention other movies like 127hours or Phone booth that have a similar concept.

What makes Locke different is that the pressure of life and death is not there. In those movies the leading (and only) men were threaten with the proposal of death, While in this movie, Ivan Locke's way of Life is threaten with change, and it's this change in the concept that made the movie Quiet and low key, but the filmmakers were still able to make if fast pasted and kinetic (having it take place in a Car going down the highway helps).

The movie had the same pressure of a ticking clock about to explode and the lead character attempting to talk himself out of the situation, but the filmmaker does not force the tension or thrills on you. Ivan Locke's situation is very down to earth and every day to day. Watching him attempt to deal with this situation could have come off boring after a half hour if not for Tom Hardy showing his mental acting chops (versus how physically intimidating he seemed as Bane in Dark Knight Rises, he's a small man in real life).

Though the movie was good to watch I could have gotten the same effect streaming it at home on Netflix. Recommend you do the same.


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Official site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 April 2014 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Broadgate, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,006, 27 April 2014

Gross USA:

$1,375,769

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,090,608
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IM Global, Shoebox Films See more »
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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