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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: 191
- Fresh: 173
- 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.
Worst Film Ever
This is the first review I have ever written on Itunes. I couldn't wait to see this film. The plot and Tom Hardy starring sold it to me. However, this is the review that I wish I had read before purchasing this film. Tom Hardy's 'welsh' accent is an absolute joke and just overshadows what very little plot there is. COULD NOT watch this to the end. The acting is embarassingly bad by Tom and also the handful of people he speaks to on the phone (his wife's script is just cringeworthy). Save your money, wish I had.