Friday, January 24 2014, 07:39 AM MST
Sundance 2014: Locke
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy
Recommended to: Those looking for an example of how to make a very simple idea work wonderfully.
Synopsis: A phone call forces Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) to set aside the responsibilities of his family and job to make a late night drive to London. As he drives he makes and receives various phone calls that forever change the course of his life.
Review: Yes, almost the entire film takes place in a car and Tom Hardy is the only actor that ever appears on screen. The premise is extremely simple (reminiscent of 2010's Buried), but works because the tension is natural and not gimmicky. Tom Hardy offers a well-focused performance aided by an intelligent script that conveys Locke's relationship with each person he talks to perfectly.
-Ryan Michael Painter