THE PLOT THUS FAR
Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Locke” is about a lone man driving down the M6, as he tries to save a sense of honor. Locke has received a phone call that a woman he impregnated during a one night stand is hours away from giving birth. This won’t sit well with Locke’s wife and kids, so Locke tries to blow off work and family by cell phone while driving. When Locke starts having imaginary conversations with his absentee father, this might lose some people on the fence. But, stick with the character’s journey.
Tom Hardy is a force to be reckoned with, as this minimalist film puts the well-deserved weight on him. The calls come fast and heavy, as Locke’s work keeps calling him about this big assignment they’re about to pull off. Plus, Locke’s wife and kids keep calling about being home in time to watch some soccer. The push to find some resolution keeps building and I get a bit of the criticism. I had one fellow viewer from the weekend call the movie nothing but Edward Norton’s “25th Hour” monologues stretched to feature length. While that doesn’t seem like the worst thing to me, I can see how that focus on dialogue can irk some viewers.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, featurette and director’s commentary as the special features. The A/V Quality is sharp for an indie film that barely got an American theatrical run. The 1080p transfer pops even when most of its scenes seem to be shot as darkly as possible. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track pops pretty nicely too. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/12/2014