Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Locke: Driving Without Miss Daisy

Tom Hardy is Ivan Locke 

In a season of action movies, this inaction flick might be the antidote for fast, loud and special effects overload. Except for a minute or two at the opening and voices on the other end of a cell phone, this one-character drama takes place completely in a car that's not being chased.

It helps that Tom Hardy is the driver.

He's a responsible, honorable family man and alpha employee at a large construction firm, whose one mistake has turned his life into a formidable mess. As he drives to London to deal with his error, the other parts of his life— his job and family— begin spiraling out of control.

About 20 minutes into the film, the Movie Slut wondered if he'd ever get out of that car and if the movie could work if he didn't. The answers are "no" and "yes."

This is a surprisingly fine move that focuses on both human frailty and strength.

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