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Ivan Locke (Hardy) has worked diligently to craft the life he has envisioned, dedicating himself to the job that he loves and the family he adores. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. All taking place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, LOCKE is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight (EASTERN PROMISES, DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) and driven by an unforgettable performance by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

""Locke" is one riveting film."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"The crises Ivan Locke faces with a tremendous will to do the right thing strike a chord. The mistakes that have him in the driver's seat, but hardly in control, are terribly human and all too familiar."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The screenplay by writer-director Steven Knight ("Eastern Promises") shows a keen insight into the psychology of the sons of alcoholic fathers. Tom Hardy, one of the best actors working today, shows his versatility in this subtle performance."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"It is well-written and professionally constructed and guided by a powerful performance by Hardy, who is starting to become one of the most promising actors of his generation."
‑ Damien Straker, Impulse Gamer
"It is the most extraordinary feat this film, and it's not just an exercise in pyrotechnics, it's an exploration of existential angst."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"For the most part, it works like gangbusters."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"Knight's strength is his writing, and arguably, Locke would be almost as good set on a stage with a man sitting on a chair. But then you'd miss the details of Hardy's face in a film that is all about an actor's vehicle."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"You would not think a film in which a man simply drives at night from Birmingham to London could possibly be gripping, but Tom Hardy proves spellbindingly hypnotic in this decidedly unusual road movie."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"If there has been a better cautionary tale for men since Fatal Attraction, I can't think of it, but Locke is about more than fidelity. It's a thriller about the horrors of modern life. All that technology, but who can save him?"
‑ Paul Byrnes, Sydney Morning Herald
"For a movie set entirely inside a car, Locke is an impressive and engaging feat."
‑ Zach Hollwedel, Under the Radar
"As intriguing as Hardy is to watch, the picture can't overcome its cinematic-stunt vibe."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A man, a car, a hands-free mobile device. And it is extraordinary."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A masterful performance from Tom Hardy ensures this one-man show is enthralling from beginning to end."
‑ Tom Clift, FILMINK (Australia)
"I think Steven Knight's done a terrific job of direction. It's a very intelligent, very austere film."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Hardy's introspective intensity helps to achieve and sustain and level of intimacy that's more thrilling than many films with 100 times the budget."
‑ Rob Humanick, Projection Booth
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