Okay, here’s the deal.
I’ve been obsessing with Tom Hardy ever since I saw him in Legend and boy, admiration much! (If you haven’t watch Legend, YOU SHOULD!)
Okay, now back to Locke.
Beginning of the movie, it shows Ivan Locke (played by Hardy) walking to his car from his construction site, taking his safety boots off and sits in his BMW. Looking distraught, making the audiences wonder what has happened. Apparently, that was the one and only, I repeat, ONLY scene outside of the BMW. Throughout the whole movie, you’ll be looking at Locke driving from Birmingham to London and slowly, time reveals what is the problem that took place.
Most people would feel that the movie is boring because:
A) the whole movie was entirely on Locke talking on the phone in his car while he drives,
B) there’s no action ie. fighting scene, explosion etc or other scenes like kissing, laughing with friends and families. ONLY him talking on the phone while he drove. Period.
Don’t underestimate this movie at all. With Hardy’s powerful acting, it captures the attention of the audiences in wanting to know what was the problem, feeling sad for Locke as he tries his very best to settle problems from his workplace, his family and finally, his illegitimate baby from his accidental one-night stand.
For his work: he managed to settle the problems that arose during his drive to London. He got fired from his job because he made the decision to drive to London for the birth of his illegitimate baby (pre-mature) instead of staying for the biggest project that will take place in Europe. For work, he would be on the phone with Donal who was covering for him on site.
For his family: he talked to his two sons; Eddie and Sean as well as his wife, Katrina. It definitely was a bad timing because his family was preparing for him to go home and watch a football game together but he had to break the news to his wife, Kat via the phone. I could relate to that feeling, I mean Kat’s feeling listening to such a heartbreaking news over the phone. You feel as if the world had stop turning while someone shoved a knife to your heart. And the kids… the kids were begging for him to be home in the morning without knowing what was going on.
For his one-night stand and coming baby: from the movie, Locke mentioned that she (Bethan) was his secretary for a construction project away from home. With a couple bottle of wine and feeling sorry for her loneliness, he slept with her. At that moment, I felt angry. Well, there were a few scenes that ticked me off when Bethan kept on saying “I love you” to Ivan, stating that she fell in love with him after that night. Ivan on the other hand, honestly told her that he don’t know her well, and he doesn’t love her. The only reason he drove to London was to fix the mistake. Mistake = the baby. He doesn’t want the same thing happen to the baby like what he felt when his dad left him when he was younger. The feeling of abandonment and uselessness.
And yeah, I know I’ve explained a lot but you have to watch it. Watch how Hardy captures your constant attention with his fabulous acting; his voice, his facial expressions and his emotions. The fact that the movie was filmed in real-time was interesting as well. That includes the conversations on the phone! Acting, both on screen or voice acting is crucial for the movie. If they didn’t do a good job, the movie would have fall flat. Hardy being typical Hardy would mumble his lines. It actually inspired a few things for me. So, I’ll give it a high rating. 7/10.
Finally, I’m watching Mad Max: Fury Road next because I’m still in need of my Tom Hardy dose 😀