When I went to see Locke, I pretty much had no idea what to expect. Generally before I see a film, I like to watch a few trailers and get a vibe of what to expect. But to be honest, the trailer really doesn’t give much away, except that Tom Hardy sits in a car a lot. Well, he sits in the car for about 99% of the film…
Locke sees Tom Hardy play Ivan Locke, a Construction manager who is given life changing news on the eve of a career changing event, which essentially triggers a chain of events which tears his life apart.
After watching this film, I left the cinema feeling quite mixed. On the one hand, I did enjoy the film. Tom Hardy does an excellent job carrying the film in what could be described as a solo act (he is on the phone to different people throughout, on speaker phone.) However, the film itself does not feel suited for a big screen cinema. For lack of a better phrase, it’s an intimate film. The sort of film you watch on a smaller screen, in a dark room where you can really be comfortable.
The reason I say this is because the film itself is pretty slow paced. There are no big explosions, no epic fight scenes, just a Welshman, in a car, driving to his destination.
As I have already mentioned, Tom Hardy is great on screen, and that’s not just because he is looking his usual sexy self. I can only imagine how hard it must be, to be the sole focal point of any film. To take the story from the beginning, through the middle and into the end. The only other film I can recall of it’s kind is 127 hours with James Franco. however Locke had somewhat more engagement, as I have preciously mentioned, he is talking with different people on his car’s speaker phone throughout the film. This is where the film shined for me, Watching Locke remain calm to borderline sociopathic levels whilst his world fell apart was pretty intriguing, brilliantly portrayed, and at times, comical from a dark schadenfreude perspective.
The only real negative I can think of is the “resolution” of the film. You feel something of a build up, but the ending, at least for me, was anti – climatic. I can’t really go into it without spoilers, but I was definitely left wanting for more.
All in all, I really enjoyed Locke, Tom Hardy carries the film really well, and the added characters over the phone really bring the film to life. This is definitely a film to watch at home in my opinion, and the ending could have been better, but the journey was good and I would definitely recommend it.