The day before he must supervise a large concrete pour in Birmingham, construction foreman Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) learns that Bethan, a co-worker with whom he had a one-night stand seven months previously, has gone into premature labour. Despite his job responsibilities and although his wife and sons are eagerly awaiting his arrival at home to watch an important football match, he decides to drive to London to be with Bethan during childbirth. While in the car Locke is phoning his boss and a colleague to ensure that the pour is successful, phoning his wife Katrina to confess his infidelity, and phoning Bethan to reassure her during her labour. Locke’s decision is revealed to be a reaction to his own father, who abandoned him as a child, and whom he did not meet until he was in his early twenties. Over the course of the two-hour drive to London, he is fired from his job, and kicked out of his house by his wife, but his sons insist that he return home soon, he talks his assistant Donal through preparing the pour despite several major setbacks, and-as he finally reaches his destination-learns of his child’s successful birth.

“Locke” is written and directed by Steven Knight. The movie had an unconventional shooting schedule. Tom Hardy filmed his part in 6 days, shooting the movie twice per night as it was filmed in a single take. The other actors were in a hotel room, speaking on the phone with Hardy, who was on location. The film shot during the course of eight nights with three cameras rolling. Ivan Locke’s cold was written into the script because actor Tom Hardy had a cold during production. Olly Richards of Empire awarded the film 4/5 stars and said: “There are films to see on huge screens, but this is one that almost cries out for a small cinema, surrounded by total blackness. It’s a daring experiment brilliantly executed, with Tom Hardy giving one of the best performances of his career”. “Locke” is yet another good example on how you can create a great piece of low budget film if you have a solid script, a great leading actor, visions and editing skills. Hardy engages you straight away on his journey and he forces you to pay attention as his life is shattered while in his car. Locke takes the challenge life hands to him despite the consequences. Is that right or is that wrong? That´s the moral dilemma Knight confronts us with. However, in the end Knight is maybe a bit too good at creating tension and suspense, so when the final frame has hit your eyes you still feel a bit like you waited and waited for some sort of truly dramatic conclusion that never came. (4 out of 5)

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