Steven Knight (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Tom Hardy gives the performance of a lifetime as a construction foreman caught in emotional turmoil in this self-contained tour de force written and directed by Steven Knight, who also wrote Dirty Pretty Things and TV's Peaky Blinders. Shot almost completely inside a car on the motorway, this slice of real-time drama is an unexpectedly thrilling treat. Hardy plays against type as Ivan Locke, who speaks with a heavy Welsh accent, wears a jumper and cares deeply about his wife, kids and job. Driving from work one evening, before he is scheduled to manage the biggest concrete pour in European history, he fields a stretch of angst-filled phone calls (evocatively performed by a cast that includes Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott and Olivia Colman). Each interaction ratchets up the pressure as he is determined to do the right thing in response to a life-changing problem. Locke is a rare hero in modern cinema, a moral action man and blazing beacon of heroic normalcy. As well as that, he's a paean to calm - despite the mounting pressure, he always keeps to the speed limit. A milestone film for both actor and film-maker, Locke is extraordinary viewing.


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Cast & Crew

Ivan Locke Tom Hardy
Bethan Olivia Colman
Katrina Ruth Wilson
Donal Andrew Scott
Gareth Ben Daniels
Eddie Tom Holland (2)
Sean Bill Milner
Cassidy Danny Webb
Sister Margaret Alice Lowe
PC Davids Lee Ross
Director Steven Knight
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: SwearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 18 Apr 2014