Wow. You know, for a movie that’s about not much at all, Locke is undoubtedly one of the best movies this year. I’ll admit that the only reason I went to see this movie is that I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan. I’ve pretty much adored him in everything I’ve ever seen which is – somewhat scarily – almost everything he’s done. (Sssh! I’m really Not a stalker ;o))
Anyhow, I thought from the poster – which is him behind the wheel – that there would be some kind of chase or escape involved, but nothin’ doin.’ Honestly, Locke is practically a monologue as the ‘action’ all takes place in his car with him on the phone. I know, I know, it sounds like a boring movie only a fan would love, but I swear it’s not! This is acting at its barest of bones when someone has nothing but their own emotions, imagination, and words (of the script) to give. There’s nothing to dress it up except what the actor brings to the role and dayam. Tom nailed it. So did the other actors, even though I never saw anyone else.
This script is truly what the right words can do, people. Despite the everyday subject matter, it captured just how bewildering and crazy someone’s life can get under the right circumstances. And that’s all I’m going to say about the plot because anything else would give it away.
I also want to mention that the direction and photography were great. I mean, you wouldn’t think there could be anything done with a British highway, but you’d be wrong.
If you have the chance to see this in the theater, then I recommend you do. Yes, the emotion will absolutely come through on any size screen, but there’s just something about a performance this damn good that you should see on a big screen.