While Locke isn’t a horror film per se, I felt it appropriate to write about, considering the horrifying subject matter and events that the character goes through.
In the film Ivan Locke, played by Tom Hardy, is a dedicated family man and successful construction manager. He receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that a woman he barley knew, but had an unexpected affair with, is about to have his baby. Because his father wasn’t there when he was born, nor in his life as a child, Locke drops everything and drives to the hospital.
The film is about Locke calling: his work associates to tell them he won’t be there in the morning, but can manage by phone, and his wife to tell her that he broke his devotion to their marriage for a moment in time. He has to explain to them his devotion to his newborn son, while trying to keep his marriage and job intact.
The thrilling part of this film is watching what appears to be a well respected man and great father, struggle to hold onto the life he has built and worked so hard to make. I found myself on the edge of my seat for the whole film, and when it was over, I felt the kind of sickness in my stomach that I get from watching a hair raising horror film.
Tom Hardy makes this film as good as it is. Very few actors can make a film that takes place entirely in a car as interesting and thrilling as he can. He brings true emotion to this performance and makes me want to watch this film for a second time. Director and writer Steven Knight, known for creating Peaky Blinders, has created an epic moment in time that will live with you in your memory for some time after watching the film.