Locke (2014) | Movie Review

Starring Tom Hardy

Let me start by saying that this isn’t your typical thriller film as you might expect after watching the trailer. The story is basically Tom Hardy driving a BMW to London while makes calls through his car phone. It’s not for the high-octane action fans who’d expect a ‘Fast & Furious’ kind of film, this may put them to sleep. It’s also definitely different from Hardy’s latest film, Mad Max: Fury Road. It’s a dramatic thriller that lays out the intensity of his story with every phone call he makes.

Most of my praises go to Tom Hardy and his acting, as he portrayed the character effectively without overacting or going into hysterics, and his thick accent plays well with the intensity of the film. He finds the right balance between being calm and just going mad and insane. I guess the impact of the film wouldn’t have been as strong if another actor played Locke.

The storytelling was excellent, as well, but it kind of let me down at the end, offering no redemption, whatsoever. They laid out the story well to fit the film’s runtime. The cinematography is great as well, giving the film a layer of dread and sadness.

Overall, this film brings a different kind of thrill, but it might not have been pulled off without Hardy’s acting chops. This is definitely one of Hardy’s best performances.

My Rating: 9/10


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