Rated R 84 minutes 2014

Actor Tom Hardy dominates the screen – in fact, he’s practically the only person up there – in this stagey but absorbing drama about a man at his wits’ end. Ivan Locke (Hardy) leaves his job as a construction engineer one evening and drives to London. On the way, in real time, he interacts on the phone with the voices of his increasingly perplexed work associates, his distraught wife and sons, and a woman who happens to be in the hospital at that moment giving birth to Ivan’s child. As the tension ascends, so does Hardy’s performance. Writer-director Steven Knight -- he wrote Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things -- wisely relies on Hardy’s presence, and the strategy works. Vivid voice support by Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, and Ben Daniels as the people on the other end of the line. Tough but rewarding. A truly exceptional film (85 min.).

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Film Credits

Official Site: www.lockethemovie.com

Director: Steven Knight

Producer: Paul Webster, Guy Heeley, Stuart Ford, David Jourdan, Steven Squillante and Joe Wright

Cast: Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Alice Lowe, Ben Daniels and Bill Milner



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