Tom Hardy has been around for a long time, but is brilliant performance in Bronson seemed to have taken him to the next level. Since he has been tearing up the box office like only he can permanently leaving his mark on Hollywood. In his latest film, Locke he is getting rave reviews for his performance but does the movie live up to the hype or is it a waste of his talent?
Locke follows a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, who 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. When a film decides to focus the entire story on one character throughout it becomes a big challenge for numerous reasons. Typically a performer uses the energy and performance of the other actor to help motivate their own, but in this film it is all Hardy all the time. The entire film is him in the car driving and on the phone with various people regarding family and business. Hardy does a brilliant job here maintaining his characters relaxed attitude through a wide variety of live changing situations while still showing the various emotions needed throughout them all. As the film moves forward and each of the situations become more intense or chaotic he holds it together, but you can slowly see him emotionally unravelling. Despite the film all taking place inside his car and pretty much just close-ups of Hardy, the film manages to keep you enthralled and entertained throughout. It is amazing how much is really going on in this movie with the lack of locale and other actors, but it delivers everything you could want and more to make for an excellent compelling film.
Tom Hardy is a brilliant actor when given the right project and this one allowed him to shine in a way that he really hasn’t in some time. This film doesn’t sport all of the action and fancy plot twists of most of the big budget releases, but instead is a brilliant performance wrapped up inside a compelling story that is worth checking out.