Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence.
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The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
LionsGate - 2014
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
English, English SDH, Spanish
Written & Directed by:
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
August 12, 2014
"No turning back…"
Ivan Locke (Hardy) is a man at the top of his game. A dedicated husband and father and a star employee at a high-powered construction firm, he's the model of cool professionalism with a talent for managing complex situations. Driving home on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Locke makes a sudden choice to go confront the only situation in his life that can't be neatly handled. He quickly learns that the cost of becoming a better man is high. Locke
is an interesting cinematic experience and gripping story of choices, consequences and a man who risks everything he holds dear in order to do the right thing.
is an overtly simple film in that it tells a story that takes place in the span of a few hours where the main and only character you see drives from one point to another. Having said that writer/director Steven Knight makes use of an interesting conceptual spin to draw viewers into that world of grounded individual whose life is thrown into utter turmoil on what is arguable the biggest night of his professional career.
may be small in scope however it reaches far into the depths of the human condition as we are given an up close and intimate snapshot of a man who has seemingly devoted his life to ensuring that he doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the one who apparently at every turn proved to be a disappointment as a man/father. It is clear that doing so comes at a cost even though Ivan may not be able to see that. This is a character driven film with an unraveling aspect that tantalizes as the crisis continues to chip away at Ivan’s resolve. Tom Hardy is the only actor physically in the film and the perspective never leaves the car. The other characters are all derived from the phone calls Ivan makes or receives while driving from Birmingham to London. This is done to excellent effect as it provides all the details needed to understand exactly what has happened, what motivates Ivan Locke and ultimately the circumstances that will forever change his life.
I went into this viewing with reserved expectations and came away very pleased. The premise is rock solid and executed very well. The film has the feel of a live performance shot in a continuous take (which it wasn’t) which really connects you to it. On the surface it seem to be a cautionary tale, and it is, however it explores slightly deeper themes about morality, and the lingering effects of existential angst. Tom Hardy gives a terrific performance that carefully extrapolates Ivan’s inner conflict as he struggles to maintain control of an uncontrollable situation. I loved the cast that portrayed the “phoned” characters. This was done in real time and served as the catalyst for Hardy as he put on a one man show.
At 84 minutes the film is perfectly paced although keep in mind that it stills plays out on a scale that is slower than typical films. Locke
is an engaging film and wonderfully executed character study that features apt direction and a spot on performance by star Tom Hardy.
The rating is for pervasive language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
- Low frequency effects:
- Surround Sound presentation:
- Dialogue Reproduction:
- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
Locke comes to Blu-ray Disc from LionsGate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 4.2 Mbps.
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- Color Reproduction:
The video has an intentionally stylized look that utilizes a limited color scheme with sepia tones casts limited lighting and faux dash mounted camera angles intended to provide the aesthetic feel the filmmakers were striving for. Contrast is dialed back a notch, blacks are fairly strong and detail in dark areas and shadowy backgrounds is excellent. Resolution is good overall however due to the nature of the photography definitive sharpness and fine detail perception ebbs and flows. These instances didn’t inhibit the ability to visually resolve the structure of objects within the frame but did slightly diminish it. I didn’t notice any obvious signs of video related anomalies and thought that the look of the film mated quite well with the nature of the story.
The lossless audio presentation had no trouble conveying the elements present in the sound recording. Dialogue reproduction was strong with clear intonation and fair room penetration. The mix did a nice job of handling the film’s various spatial cues and near field simulation. Atmosphere creating sounds mixed to the surround channels created a neatly balanced rear soundfield that seamlessly blended with the front soundstage. This generally consisted of ambience however discrete effects were present and prioritized based upon the events transpiring onscreen. Low frequency content was limited to the upper registers but was detectable and appropriate when needed.
- Audio Commentary by writer/director Steven Knight
- (HD) Ordinary unraveling: Making Locke – 9 minute featurette
- Digital HD Copy
is a conceptually interesting dramatic film that comes from the mind of writer/director Steve Knight. I found it to be an engaging film and wonderfully executed character study that features apt direction and a spot on performance by star Tom Hardy. It comes to Blu-ray from LionsGate Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition audio/video quality and a light supplemental package that includes a worthwhile audio commentary and making of feature. If you tend to like films with character driven plots than Locke
deserves a spot at the top of your rental queue.
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