“It’s not even a film”, he proclaims. “Nothing happens!”, he exclaims. Those are the words I heard when I fell out of my slumber after originally falling into it midway through Locke. Feeling guilty that I made him sit through the film while I nodded off half way through (Out of sheer tiredness and being far too comfy on the sofa.) I promised that I will sit myself through the film when I’m more awake.
And I’ve kept my promise. Though in all fairness, even though I did drop off part way through watching Locke, I had a feeling when I did get around to watching it in its entirety, I would actually enjoy it and like it very much.
Locke isn’t your average film. It all takes place in the confines of a car. The 85 minute running time is you, what sometimes feels like, eavesdropping on the telephone conversations Ivan Locke has with everyone from his wife, sons, boss and co-workers.
An incredibly minimalistic film. The entire film rested on Tom Hardy’s performance. And he does a stellar job showing a man who makes just one mistake that has a domino effect on his family life and career. It’s a fascinating watch. Locke’s belief in doing the right thing is so strong. It’s that determination that makes you want to get behind Ivan Locke and what he’s trying to do in that car journey.
It’s an interesting film and totally not what the blurbs on the poster describe it as. Not for everyone, granted. But if you’re willing to see a different type of film, there’s something to like in Locke.
Makes you wonder, while sitting in traffic, about the lives of those around you. Everyone has their own shit they have to deal with. However they can deal with it.