Tom Hardy as title character Ivan Locke is enough to intrigue, which is good news for the film, since he is the only character to appear on screen. However, between the mysterious trailer and movie synopsis for "Locke" that clips “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,” the expectation was set much higher than what was received.
Maybe there have been too many action movies as of late. Maybe every important phone call brings to mind a turn of events similar to that of Liam Neeson in “Taken.” Whatever it is, while waiting for the movie to take an adventurous turn, turns out the audience just got to see who was going to call Locke next.
Ivan Locke is a complex man and yet, could be any guy off the street who has just had a really bad day. His work in construction puts him in charge of a cement pour of a highly important building, but without notice, he is called away to an event that will change his life. Just not in the highly dramatic way the trailer would lead us to believe.
Hardy’s performance is impressive as he has to carry the story 85 minutes all while driving in his vehicle and taking multiple calls. It’s a one-man show that starts to become a bit annoying as the calls cycle through four different people and their varying levels of problems. His voice is even and calm, prime for reading a book on tape.
The most interesting part of the movie stems from when he talks to the rearview mirror as if his dead father were in the backseat. This peek into his psyche chips off a piece of a bigger story that would have taken the movie in an entirely different and more riveting way. The glimpse was not enough to see the depth of character that Locke could have been.
Final words: Hardy puts in a good performance, but "Locke" proves to be quite a lengthy drive even at less than an hour and a half long.
"Locke" opens in theaters May 9th.