When I found Locke on Netflix (UK) recently, I saw Tom Hardy's name on the "starring" banner and almost in an instant labelled it as an action, crime or a (generally speaking) badass film. Having seen his best performances from the likes of Mad Max: Fury Road, The Dark Knight Rises, L4YER CAKE and many other films that kept me at the edge of my seat. Although this film caught me by surprise.
'Locke' tells the tale of Ivan Locke. A man responsible for a large concrete pour, taking the two-hour drive from Birmingham to London in a BMW X5. These two hours see his life down spiral with family and work situations clashing and merging to create a unique dilemma.
The first, and most interesting thing, was the way this story was told. It was a film that had a very unique first-person feel to it. The only narrative perspective we see is from Locke himself. With all dialogue from any other character coming from the loudspeaker of the car, connected to a phone.
This made you feel so much anger, sympathy and shock toward Locke and his stance in the situations in particular. You feel as if he was your best friend, siding with him in a lot of what the film throws at him within the mere space of two hours.
Locke also showed an excellent demonstration, and was possibly even a homage to, what The Joker described as how 'one bad day' could turn anyone insane in The Killing Joke. As the film progresses we see his mental state decrease, this illustrated from conversations he has in the car. Although, only he is able to hear the words from his own mouth. This in a way seemed almost schizophrenic to me and became more severe and aggressive as the film continued, siding along well with the descent in positivity of the events in the film.
Overall, Locke was a brilliant film. It showcased how much can change within a small space of time, illustrated through a wonderful real-time narrative and portrayed through an excellent British cast considering of the likes of Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road) and the voices of Olivia Colman (Broadchurch) and Andrew Scott (Sherlock). This film is certainly a must-watch for all Netflix users. Even if you're not a huge fan of the 'thriller' genre, Locke provides a tense, gripping experience that can be enjoyed by anyone.