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Blu-ray Review: 'Locke'

Jason Coleman Jason Coleman
August 19th, 2014 10:00am EDT

 Locke

Can life change in the space of a car ride?  We’re gonna find out as we check out the new to Blu-ray flick "Locke" out now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  The ride and the road get reviewed below!

Locke

   Title: "Locke"

   Grade: 4

   Cast: Tom Hardy

   Director: Steven Knight

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 84 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

   Website: www.lionsgateshop.com

 

The Flick: On the surface the concept of "Locke" is so utterly simple that it seems set up for failure – the audience rides along with an ordinary man inside a car where big life changing events happen over the telephone during the trip.  Sounds like it could house the boring stoic sting of "Phone Booth," but the difference here is not only is the script utterly compelling, but the man in question is played by Tom Hardy.  In a single, riveting and totally engaging performance, Hardy shows different sides of a regular family man who is tense, afraid and has ultimately decided to just tell the truth.  It’s a one-man feat not many actors can pull off and hold for eighty-four minutes, but under the ample director of helmer Steven Knight (who also got amazing work out of Jason Statham in the recent film "Redemption!") Hardy has the charisma and the chops to pull it off. 

Best Feature: The featurette 'Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke' takes a fascinating look at making the very seemingly simple flick including the voice talents behind the phone conversations.

Best Hidden Gem: For those who like their insight precise and detailed, the 'Commentary' by Knight is a great listen.

Worth the Moola: An experiment that totally succeeds, Hardy and company keep it compelling.

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Lionsgate Home Entertainment