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Locke will grab audience
by Terry Burns
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Locke, R, *****Plus, Tom Hardy, Voices from phone. Shoe Box Production. Director Steven Knight. Length 85 minutes.

Let’s get right to the chase of the heart of the story, and the nuts and bolts that Tom Hardy’s one-man performance delivers one hell of a story.

I use this surprising characterization to emphasize the absolute excellent talent of one man in a car talking to his family, his co-workers, a lady he met once, and his boss. This one man show will grab the audience and never let go.

Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is a construction supervisor, and at the end of the day, he gets in his car and begins to drive out of town which will take him all night to arrive at his destination. He is a professional and when morning arrives his company will be pouring the largest amount of concrete in Europe. This must be done to support a very tall building. Locke is the construction supervisor.

It will be one of the most important days of his career. Obviously, his superiors and workers are not very happy when he talks to them on the phone as he is leaving town. Not to mention his family. Of course, he sooths his co-workers by telling him that he will guide him thru the entire project. That does not give his employees very much relief.

Now, Locke is not holding the phone as he drives. He is using the hand free phone. He is a careful driver and has worked hard to acquire his position as a construction supervisor. Obviously, his employees, his wife, and his friends do not understand this sudden unusual behavior.

Before I go any further, I realize this sounds boring to movie goers who love shootouts, fighting, explosions, romantic scenes, comedy, etc. Well, I like those movies, but I appreciate something realistic and dramatic also.

Now, I will expose the reason for his behavior. If the reader does not want to know this information, do not read the rest of the next paragraph.

I feel this is necessary to allow the story to give the reader some sensible reason for his actions. Locke was on a business trip around nine months ago. I am going to let it go at that, because I believe the reader understands the rest. He received a phone call, from the woman he met and she wants him there. This was a one time mistake. However, Locke’s father abandoned him when he was a child, so what he did was wrong, but the consequences that he undertakes are correct.

The phone call he has with his wife is obviously not pleasant. I am sure everyone can understand her reaction. Locke is a great husband and father, but he made one mistake that hurt his family and his friends.

With his anger from what his father did, he became a sensitive and responsible husband and parent. His father died several years ago. The reason for knowing these issues is, he talked to his departed father as he was driving to the hospital to visit his new baby. The audience understands why he is traveling to see his child and the child’s mother.

Now, I am not taking up for his actions, but I understand his kind hearted behavior. Locke worked hard and made one mistake. One blunder cost him pain and agony. As I have said before, do the right thing. Some people do not have the courage to prepare others for something that should be communicated earlier.

I was so involved in this film during every second. I cannot remember this happening many times that the movie ends, and I was not ready for it to go away. It caught me off guard, because I was so overwhelmed in the story.

As I sat down to write the review, I finished writing, and I did not look at my notes, because the film stuck with me especially when someone tries to do the right thing in life. Have the decency to communicate with people instead of throwing it in their face at last minute. Everyone deserves respect. Do not throw someone under the bus without hearing their story.

Tom Hardy caught a cold during filming the movie. This made it even more realistic while performing his scenes.

(Terry Burns is a retired technology coordinator for the McNairy County School System. A life-long movie buff, he can be contacted by email at

Terry’s movie grading scale: five-plus stars — as good as it gets; five stars — don’t miss; four stars — excellent; three stars — good; two stars — fair; one star — poor; no stars — don’t bother.)
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