A surprise at the 57th London Film Festival. A film where the whole story takes places inside the confines of a car, and with Tom Hardy as the one-man star. But just how well does it work?
Tom Hardy, known best for majors roles in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception drops the theatricality, and larger than life appearances. Taking on the role of average man Ivan Locke; a building site manager, who over the past nine years has made his life as solid as the concrete he is in charge of pouring. Concrete is his religion. On the eve of the biggest job yet - also Europe's largest ever, we follow his car journey from Brighton to Croydon as the world around him slowly crumbles and he loses it all.
British Screenwriter and Director Steven Knight, brings us yet another gripping British drama, after previously making Hummingbird starring Jason Statham earlier this year. Clocking in at just under 90 minutes, Locke is refreshingly short and never over stays its welcome. The narrative is actually so constant that even when Hardy is not in hands-free phone switchboard mode, we capture another underlying story. Locke provides just as much a character journey as it does a car journey.
During the recent UK Premiere, producer Paul Webster recalls his initial talks with Steven Knight, in which he said; ‘I want to do something quite different, in a confined space, about a guy whose life changes during the course of one car journey. And we never leave the car.’ And that is literally what happens. Bringing an ideal mix of humour and emotion to the project, Hardy's taunt performance is mesmerizing. The put-on Welsh accent is pretty decent also. Filmed in just eight nights and with very low budget, the film is literally a lesson of how unique and quite fantastic minamilist cinema can be.
Cast and crew on stage for the London, UK Premiere.