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Since he tore up the screen in Nicolas Winding Refn's bold biopic Bronson, English actor Tom Hardy has proved a riveting screen presence in films like Inception, Lawless, The Dark Knight Rises and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Such mesmerizing charisma is an absolute must for his latest lead in the challenging thriller Locke.
As you might have guessed from the Yahoo trailer up top, the whole success of this film is dependent on Hardy's performance. While the cast boasts members like Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina), and Andrew Scott (Sherlock's Moriarty), their roles come down to voice work. Locke only ever shows Hardy on screen. A man alone on his phone in a car shouldn't work as an engaging film, but look at the pull quotes in the trailer above, and it's pretty apparent this one does.
Here's the film's official synopsis:
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.
Check out the film's moody first trailer below:
Who was the maniac willing to make this crazy risky movie? That'd be English writer-director Steven Knight. As tipped in the trailer, he was the screenwriter behind two Academy Award-nominated crime thrillers. The first is Dirty Pretty Things, which was directed by Stephen Frears and starred 12 Years A Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor and well as Amelie's Audrey Tautou. The second is Eastern Promises, the David Cronenberg film that co-starred Naomi Watts and Viggo Mortenson.
After helming a string of episodes of the BBC comedy series The Detective, Knight took on his feature directorial debut, the Jason Statham vehicle Redemption, which had the star playing a homeless ex-soldier forced to scrape by in London's criminal underworld. Locke is Knight's follow-up, and it looks like it will make this up-and-coming director one to watch.
Locke will open in the US on April 25th.