Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is driving from Birmingham to London on a matter of honor and responsibility. He’s left the site of a massive concrete pour on a construction site where he is the supervisor. He must deal over the phone with his superiors, his underlings, and his family as his life falls apart. For virtually the entire movie we are with him inside his BMW. No other character appears on screen. It’s Locke alone, in real time. Does that get tedious? Not for a moment. Hardy holds us riveted as he keeps his cool on the phone and erupts with emotion when he is off the phone or talking to the imagined presence of his father, a man whose irresponsibility shaped the man Locke has become. Written and directed by Steven Knight and shot in eight nights on a budget under $2 million, the film is a testament to imagination and talent. Rated R. 85 minutes. The Screen, Santa Fe. See review.
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