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Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 190
- Fresh: 172
- Rotten: 18
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: [Hardy's performance is] the reason you'd see Locke, and the reason you may remember it fondly, long after the ride ends.
Fresh: Hardy rises to the gimmick and grounds "Locke" with a performance as watchably charismatic as it is minimalist. You can't take your eyes off him - which is fortunate since there's no one else there.
Fresh: Yes, it sounds like a gimmick. But Tom Hardy is so compelling, multilayered and terrific in the title role, this one-man show is never dull.
Fresh: A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary.
Not for mainstream movie goers...
A group of friends and I were going to see a movie and I recommended Locke due to its high rating on Rotten Tomatoes and interesting trailer. None of my friends had ever heard about it, and I didn’t know much about it. And by the end of the movie, out of all six of us, I was the only one who didn’t absolutely hate it. Locke is an insanely slow movie that is based entirely in one man’s car as he makes phone calls. That’s it, I’m not even exaggerating. It’s not a thriller, it’s a drama. I won’t spoil what happens, but what went on was interesting enough to keep me from leaving the theater (or it might’ve been because the ticket was $10 and I didn’t want to waste it). Interesting yes, entertaining no. The reason why it has such a high rating on RT is because of Tom Hardy’s performance. Yes, he’s very good in this movie, but just because the acting is good doesn’t make the movie any better. Discussing Locke with other people who have seen it is a lot more entertaining that watching it. I like a lot of independent movies and don’t mind if there aren’t any explosions, violence, or sex as long as they’re entertaining. But all that goes on in Locke is just him talking on the phone to three different people and you basically see his life get destroyed in one night. If he would’ve made stops here and there, it probably would’ve been better. But he doesn’t. I’ll compare this movie to Lincoln; both are painfully slow movies that somehow got very good critical reception. If you’re looking for a fun movie for movie night or whatever, I suggest looking elsewhere unless your idea of exciting is watching someone in their car on the phone. I didn’t hate the movie, I just didn’t like it and will definitely never watch it ever again.
Good actor - bad film
Tom Hardy did as good as any great actor would do in this film but the overall storyline was dry. I don’t know what point it was trying to make or what lesson we should have walked away with. I enjoy films that are different and only cast one actor throughout. Sadly, this failed in my book.
Excellent Movie, Not For Everyone
There’s an easy test one can take to see if this movie is for you: do you enjoy live theater performance? If you don’t, or have never been to see a play—especially a character study mostly focused on one character with frequent monologues—it’s probably best if you skipped this. Also, if you need things blowing up, insanely unrealistic plot-lines, transformers, aliens, nudity, fistfights/martial arts to entertain you at the movies, then most definitely you want to steer clear of this movie.
This is a film for serious lovers of drama and especially for those who enjoy character studies. It’s not epic by any means. I’ve seen better writing. And there could have been more to set the stage for Locke’s character flaws and the demons that haunt him. But Tom Hardy is a phenomenal actor and proves that he is one of the best in the business with this movie. Hardy should definitely get at least a nomination for best actor. It moves at a measured pace, which would be difficult for people who must have jumpy, fast-paced cinematography, frenetic car chases, and frequent explosions or blood spatter. In the end, I was entirely satisfied and would rate this film as one of the year’s best thus far.
Please disregard those who were fooled into thinking this was an action movie involving a car chase where certainly at least three or four people would be graphically murdered. Clearly they had unrealistic expectations. They could have taken the time to read a plot synopsis to see what the movie was about. And many are being absurdly hyperbolic in their criticisms that this is the “worst movie ever created."