It sounds contrived, and it is. It sounds like a bit of a stunt, and it is that too. It may even sound boring, but that it is not. In fact, whip-smart filmmaking by writer-director Steven Knight and his team combined with Tom Hardy’s mesmerizing acting make the micro-budgeted British independent “Locke” more minute-to-minute involving than this year’s more costly extravaganzas.
Though a dozen actors are listed in “Locke’s” credits, Hardy is the only one who appears on screen in this real-time drama that unfolds inside a moving BMW during the 85 minutes it takes construction foreman Ivan Locke to make a nighttime drive from Birmingham to London.
As played by Hardy (best known as the terrifying Bane in “The Dark Knight Rises”), Locke is not only driving, he is engaged in an almost continuous series of hands-free phone conversations as he desperately attempts to keep the various parts of his well-ordered life from collapsing in a total ruin. This may not sound like the formula for continuous tension, but it is.
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