Film Review: Locke

Posted on by 5WC in Film

Locke is one of those strange films that has been on my radar ever since its original cinema run at the start of the year. I remember at the time, people raving about it, about Tom Hardy and about how the director, Steven Knight, had managed to create a cinematic masterpiece out of something so mundane. I even heard an interview with Knight earlier this week in which he talked about how he wanted to create a theatrical piece more than a film. And how Hollywood may like it’s CGI robot fights and skewed realities of evolution, but that on occasions there is true simplicity and beauty in the organic world around us if we’re prepared to look for it.

That for me, is the problem though. I fully agree that urbanisation, modern concrete infrastructure is and can be, beautiful. Even the most regimentally bland, grey and cold 1970’s concrete high-rise can be stunning if viewed from an unusual angle or lit from the right direction. Make no mistake of that. However, what Knight has tried to do in Locke is take that singular beauty, the moment of picturesque clarity and turn it into a film. Locke felt to me more like 85 minutes of postcard pictures, pages of a coffee table book than a proper feature film. Read more