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Locke (2013/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: B+

Locke is an engaging 2013 British Film that stars Tom Hardy in a role as you have never seen him before in the role of Ivan Locke - who is a successful businessman dedicated to his loving wife and children. But tonight, everything will change, as a series of phone calls trigers a shocking chain of events that turn Ivan's seemingly perfect life upside down. Taking place entirely in a car and featuring voice talents by Tom Holland, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Ben Daniels, and Alice Lowe the film is an interesting experience that shows off both Hardy's talent as an actor and Steven Knight's strength as a filmmaker.


The day before he must supervise a massive concrete pour in Birmingham, construction foreman Ivan Locke learns that Bethan, a co-worker with whom he had a one-night stand seven months ago, has gone into premature labour. He decides to abandon his family, with whom he planned to watch an important football match, as well as his job, in order to drive to London to be with Bethan during childbirth.

Solely starring Hardy, communications with other actors are left to nicely script phone conversations with his wife Katrina to confess his infidelity, and Bethan to reassure her during her labour. Locke's decision is revealed to be a reaction to his own father, who abandoned him as a child, and whom he did not meet until he was in his early twenties.

Over the course of the two-hour drive to London, he is fired from his job and kicked out of his house by his wife. He also successfully talks his assistant Donal through preparing the pour despite several major setback


From a behind the scenes perspective, the shooting was in real time, and they only took breaks to change the camera's memory cards. The film definitely wouldn't have worked so well with a lesser actor but Hardy owns this movie and really makes you believe that he is feeling these emotions. With a budget of less than two million, Locke is an impressive thrill ride that is miles away from the competition.

The picture and sound on this disc are great for the Blu-ray format and boast a 1080p 1.85 X 1 high definition transfer with a powerful, lossless DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix in English. There are also English and Spanish subtitles on the disc and English SDH.

The Ultraviolet contains a compressed version of the film that looks fine on your tablet or smart phone but is miles away from the sharpness of the Blu-ray. Extras on the disc include Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke Featurette and an Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Steven Knight.

If you are a Tom Hardy fan or a fan of isolation pieces then this is the film for you!

- James Harland Lockhart V



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