Director: Steven Knight
Release Date: April 25, 2014
Tom Hardy’s career is full of performance highs, and Steven Knight’s gripping single-location drama ranks chief among them. Here he plays a construction foreman who upends his life after discovering a woman with whom he shared a one night stand with is in premature labor. While driving from Birmingham to London, Ivan Locke comes to terms with his new reality in the span of 90 minutes and 36 phone calls. He’s banished from his home and loses his job in a desperate pursuit to overcorrect for his own father’s shortcomings. It’s here where Locke effectively raises disconcerting questions about the harm we cause while trying to prevent past grievances from repeating themselves. It’s a fascinating character study that inspires the best from its captivating lead.