Star – Tom Hardy
Genre – Drama
Run Time – 85 minutes
Certificate – 18
Country – United Kingdom
Awards – 7 Wins & 30 Nominations
Amazon – £DVD £ Blue Ray
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There have been a few decent movies around over the years where the star doesn’t really move from his central locale. ‘Phonebox’ with Colin Farrell and ‘Buried’ with Ryan Reynolds comes to mind. Big stars love these low budget movies as they get all the best lines, most of the money and in every scene with plenty of close up’s. Locke is one of those projects and a movie I had heard a lot of good things about.
It stars our very own Tom Hardy, the M1, a mid range BMW and a Bluetooth car phone, and that’s about it. Tom is in the car for the whole of the movie and it took just 6 days to shoot. The movie had an unconventional shooting schedule. Hardy filmed his part in 6 days, shooting the movie twice per night as it was filmed in a single take as the car drove up and down the motorway all night. The other actors who you only hear on the phone (and never see) were in a hotel room, speaking on the carphone with Hardy, who was on location on the motorway, of course, occasionally on the back of a truck or being towed.
Its from screenwriter Stephen Knight, who, before his movie career, was one of the creators of Who Wants to be a Million, a huge earner that allowed him to pursue his passion, writing movies. This is only his second as director, The Hummingbird with Jason Statham, a movie that couldn’t be further way from Locke if it tried. Hardy is a class act and can do pretty much anything, accept a Welsh accent, the requirement here as Ivan Locke. Sadly his Richard Burton tribute backfires like an old Morris Minor. That aside a lot of the critics purred over his multi-dimensional acting performance here.
Tom Hardy ... Ivan Locke
Olivia Colman ... Bethan (voice)
Ruth Wilson ... Katrina (voice)
Andrew Scott ... Donal (voice)
Ben Daniels ... Gareth (voice)
Tom Holland ... Eddie (voice)
Bill Milner ... Sean (voice)
Danny Webb ... Cassidy (voice)
Alice Lowe ... Sister Margaret (voice)
Silas Carson ... Doctor Gullu (voice)
Its late evening in the autumn cool and drizzle as construction foreman Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) departs a Brummie building site heading for the motorway. Tomorrow he will supervise one of the biggest single pour concrete foundation fills in Europe and so you would think he wants to get some grub and get his head down. Not so. Instead he is on a mission. He wants to be at the bedside of the birth of his son, to a woman named Bethan (Olivia Colman), who he is not married to and had a one night stand with 7 months previous, out of character for the dependable, honest and very married Locke.
Wife Kat (Ruth Wilson) is none the wiser to his infidelity as Ivan starts to make calls from his phone to tell her and his son Sean (Bill Milner) that he wont be home tonight as planned to watch the big match together. He then receives a call from Bethan who is about to go into labor and wants him to be there sharpish but still an hour out. He now has to break the news to his boss Gareth (Ben Daniels) that he may not be at the site for the big pour, making Gareth as angry as he is nervous. Even more stressed is Donal (Andrew Scott), Locke’s number two, who has to now take over the final touches and tasks to insure the pour goes ahead, made worse that the manual to do that is still in Locke’s BMW. Locke is meticulous and reliable employee and not used to making mistakes and dumping responsibilities on others who can’t deal with it. The pressure is mounting on the phone as he tries to juggle work, the birth, the wife and anything else that may come his way, man used to resolving problems. By the morning he may have none of it left.
Ok, I struggled with this. Once the premise is set up and you digest his rubbish Welsh accent and the rather tedious domestic bind he is in you get bored very quickly. This is more like Max Bygraves than Mad Max! ‘I wanna tell you a story’. I was kind of hoping he had buried a body in the concrete and so a much nastier man and mystery to unwrap. But instead it’s a film about a normal guy unraveling after a moment of madness with some bird in a B&B. In fact it doesn’t feel realistic at all and although an interesting dimension of a control freak trapped in a situation he can’t control whilst being trapped in a car he can control the reality is he would not jeopardize his job and family for some women he had a one night stand with. He would not be the man he is without prioritizing work over family. I’m sure he wants to do right by everyone but hat doesn’t work in context of the film. Women always feel neglected when their men work hard all day and night to keep the family together and safe in a nice house but soon divorce them when they lose that lifestyle and money. That is the contradiction that should have been explored here.
I can see the appeal of the layered performance by Hardy but a half-hour in you know the rest and so quickly lose interest. We are presented with a build up of drama by a top actor that dribbles out into a simple domestic, the sort the cops would issue you with a caution for wasting police time for. The concrete thing makes it even more surreal and dull and you find yourself talking Welsh ordering cement to amuse yourself. I just don’t think Hardy was right for this movie as he has too much presence and providence as an action hero in much bigger movies and the situation of being beside some women for the birth lacks credibility. I can’t blame Knight for wanting to make his movie with Hardy but I just think it would have been better off as a one hour TV drama on BBC2 with a little more to the plot. It could have been so much with a more exciting scenario.
Imdb.com – 7.1/10.0 (81,965 votes)
Rottentomatos.com – 91% critic’s approval
Metacritic.com – 81% critic’s approval
=Ordinary Unraveling: Making Locke=
Behind the scenes stuff with cast & crew.
Stephen Knight talks about his film.
The Brisbane Star –‘At the heart of it there is Hardy, whose performance is both deeply humane and oddly robotic: a man with a single purpose -- get to that destination -- pursued relentlessly.
The Mail –‘The thriller feel is aided and abetted by the fact that Knight traps us inside the world of a guy who is himself trapped’.
Christianity Today –‘One of the strengths of Locke is the way it explores masculinity, both in its classic and contemporary forms’.
The NY Times –‘Locke surely won't be for everyone, but those looking to challenge their perceptions about what filmmaking can be, should surely check it out. You'll be appreciative’.
Rolling Stone –‘Hardy gives Locke a calm, steady self-assessment, a kind of lucid despair. He's a guy forced to realize in one night that his life has no foundation’.
Las Vegas Times –‘Locke is nearly the very definition of ingenuity. And, in the end, you learn a little about concrete and a lot about what it takes to be a man’
People Magazine –‘Besides a compelling script and restrained directorial hand, it takes a marvelously talented actor to pull off that kind of high-wire act, and Hardy once again proves why he's one of the best of his generation’.
We used to have Sky up until a couple of years ago but got rid of it because it was just a waste of money, even though there are loads and loads of channels there was never anything to watch and at over £40 a month it simply wasn't worth it. However going from having all of those channels to then being stuck with just 5 was pretty rubbish, in fact it was like having 3 channels because I never watch BBC2 or Channel Five.
We then decided to buy a freeview box, I think it only cost about £20 and we then got another load of rubbish TV Channels but at least this time they were free. The one channel I love and watch all of the time though is ITV2, it wasn't until recently when my freeview box wouldn't work that I realised just how much I actually watch it.
ITV2 is one of a few ITV Channels. There is ITV, ITV3 and ITV4 also, if you miss what you want to watch on ITV2 then you can catch up on ITV2 plus 1. Which is the same shows just shown an hour later.
ITV2 is a great place to watch programs that have been shown on ITV, Emmerdale and Coronation Street are often repeated on this channel. As well as prime time shows that may have been on a couple weeks earlier are also repeated on ITV2. However it is not just a channel of repeats as it has many great programs of its own.
The many reality showS of Katie Price and Peter Andre are ones that I have been hooked on. I also watch Paris Hilton's British Best Friend, that was ok. The one show that I absolutely love to watch on ITV2 is American Idol, it is shown just a couple of days after it has been shown in America and I love any opportunity to watch Simon Cowell. You can also watch America's Got Talent as well.
ITV2 is also famous for spin-off shows, The Xtra Factor is one I watch occassionally and Dancing On Ice has a spin-off show too.
ITV2 also shows films quite often but these are usually old films that are repeated many times, I've lost count of the number of times I've seen True Lies and Pretty Women in the TV listings for this channel.
I think ITV2 is great, in fact it was worth the £20 I paid for the freeview box just to have this channel. I watch it all the time, it is great for catching up on shows you've missed and it has its own great shows too. Great TV Channel.
We got Freeview a couple of years ago and despite moaning that there's never anything on tele, I'm glad I've got it for when boredom strikes! I was surprised to read that ITV2 has been going for a decade, but it seems that it's only more recently that it's picked up more popularity, better ratings and a wider variety of shows.
ITV2 was launched back in December 1998 as a product of ITV, and is available primarily on digital (satellite), cable and Freeview. I watch this via Freeview, and considering it's a 'free' channel, I don't really feel as though I can complain too much about it. I think there are some interesting programs to be found on here, plus a lot of easy-watching shows that require little thought, but it's not a channel I would want to pay a subscription for.
In 2007, ITV2 won channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Channel awards, so it must be doing something right. It seems that ratings and advertisements for this channel have been increasing, as the audience increases and shows become more popular.
As a 24 hour entertainment channel, the range of shows have grown from what I remember to be primarily reality program spin-offs, like the Xtra-Factor. There are a few American series shown, such as Gossip Girl, along with fairly highly acclaimed British ones, such as the Secret Diary Of A Call Girl.
Amongst the more highly thought of programs such as the Call Girl one with Billy Piper that I've just mentioned, are the ones that require less concentration to watch. By this, I mean shows like What Katie Did Next and Paris Hilton's British (and American!) Best Friend. These are the types of programs that you can take or leave, with most people slating them for being dull and stupid. I think they are a bit fluffy, but, nonetheless, they make for easy viewing when there's nothing else on the box.
As well as the standard ITV2 channel, there's the +1 version and the online catch ups incase you miss anything. I don't really have any show on ITV2 that I follow per se, so wouldn't be in a rush to record something or feel annoyed that I'd missed one. For me, this channel provides light entertainment which can be amusing, entertaining and easy to watch, but it's not a channel I would say I couldn't live without.
Overall, ITV2 is definitely worth a watch, whether you want a series you can follow (like Supernatural), or some celebrity-themed fluff to watch at your leisure (like Jack Osborne's Adrenaline Junkie). Not tooooo bad for a 'free' channel :o)
ITV2 is a digital channel available on Freeview, Sky, Virgin, Freesat and other digital tv platforms. It was the first digital only channel to come about from the broadcaster ITV. The channel mainly aims towards a young audience and hosts a wide variety of shows including drama, lifestyle, movies and music shows.
Daytime on ITV2 is probably the weakest time for the channel as it is mainly made up of repeats. This isn't always a bad thing though. They repeat Emmerdale and Coronation Street from the night before so if you missed them on ITV1, you know you can catch up. Also during daytime they show many chat/lifestyle shows such as Jeremy Kyle and several american shows such as Judge Judy and The Ricki Lake Show. If people like these shows then they will love ITV2 daytime, but for people who don't, avoid the channel most of daytime.
Primetime is ITV2's strong time period. Ok it does still contain some repeats, but also contains american dramas and sometimes british dramas, films, reality and spin off shows from popular ITV1 shows such as Britain's Got Talent and X-Factor.
Some of the more popular shows in primetime include Xtra Factor, Britain's Got More Talent, Gossip Girl, America's Got Talent, American Idol, What Katie Did Next, Hell's Kitchen USA, Paris Hilton's Best Friend Forever, Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, Entourage, repeats of ITV1 dramas such as Primeval and various films.
At times ITV2 can be fairly weak, but usually there will be something on for everyone at some point in the day. It is one of the most popular digital channels with shows often getting over 1 million viewers nowadays so if you have never checked out the channel yet, give it a try.
The one thing that does annoy me with the channel (along with other ITV digital only channels) is the full colour DOG (Digital Onscreen Graphic) in the top left hand corner. In other words, the logo you see. If ITV just made it grey and faint it would be fine.
Otherwise a usually decent channel, mainly for the teens and young adults.
To be honest i just really cant get enough of itv2 im addicted i think it has the best shows.
Heres a few of my favourite programmes on itv2
The x factor-which is about real life people entering a singing competetion and end up seeing if they can get through to the final such as singing at there mentores homes then going to the stage thats when we get to start voting.The mentors include dani minouge cheryl cole,simon cowel,and louis walsh.I love this programme as it gets you all excited to find out who the winner is and you can vote for it.
Katie and peter-A reality show about the two and there family and children being filmed 24/7 but obviosly showing many more best parts you get to see how they really live and all different sorts of crisis they have to battle.I think its great as you get to se them holidaying,there wedding,and katie undergoing surgery.
celebrity juice.I find this show hilariouse its hosting keith lemon holly willoughobobie as he calls her and dot cotton other wise none as fern cotton.Well they do all sorts on this show have celebrity guests and have to play all sorts of games such as guess the match where they have a few clebritys and pictures and you have to match the celeb to the picture.But have all sorts of great ad funny games keith lemon is so funny and i never miss a show.
im a celebrity get me out of here-Its basicly a reality show of around 15 celebs going in to the jumgle and surviving on rice and beans and just water.they have to do nightly challenges such as eat live bugs and animals private parts swim under water wih crocidiles all to collect stars for them to eat that night and best part we get to vote who does the task.The have all sorts of challenges to where they get goodies and all sorts of funny things go on and you also get to vote who to boot out great.
Well these are my favoutire shoes on itv2 if you havent seen a show ive wrote about and would like to log on to www.itv2.com and you can find out times an dates they are on.
For me ITV2 is a good channel. Yes, it may not be the best, but I like a lot of the programmes on it and there seems to be a bit of variety on it, so maybe something for everyone.
From the ITV groups there is ITV1, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4, so I'm reviewing ITV2 just now. This Channel is on Sky 118, Cable 114 and Freesat 113. This is a free to air channel on Sky, so you don't have to keep a subscription to have this channel, am not sure about Cable terms and conditions.
So what things are on this channel? Sometimes it features extra shows from main ITV1 shows like The X Factor, as it repeats the X Factor and it is The Xtra Factor, which is a spin off show from the main one. So what other shows are on here?
Hells Kitchen USA
The Dog Whisperer
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Sally Jesse raphael
Katie & Peter the next chapter
Actually to read that list back, it sounds like a load of rubbish on this channel, so I may have to change my statement lol. This is just a small list of programmes and I am a big Hells Kitchen fan, so it is good for me.
This channel is on 24 hours a day 7 days a week and in the tv guides the programmes run from 6am until 6am.
Out of all the ITV channels this is my favourite one, due to the range of programmes. Well worth a watch.
corri must have the worst story line ever, my wife & i have wached from episode 1 and never seen so much rubbish.you must be loosing thousands of viewers.
I normally like ITV2 and I am a fan of many of their shows, but they have peed me off this weekend. I sat and watched Cracker last night ( I never saw it when it was new but its not bad is it?) and it ended on a 'to be continued' type thing. Well there is no sign of part 2 anywhere.
I have looked ahead s far as Skys guide will go (1week) and nothing!!! It really pees me off when they aren't consistent with their schedule. I got really into the storyline and now I haven't a clue what happened.
Has anyone else found this?? I wish they would just have a regular slot for things, we'd all know where we stood then!!
Also, another thing is, why do they show something on ITV2 then on ITV2+1 it says "we can't show the program earlier broadcast on ITV1 for legal reasons" what is that about?? what is the point in a +1 when it's apparantly illegal to show the program again?? anyone know?? im dumbfounded lol.
I have liked this channel since it has appeared on our television screens. It has every thing you want from childrens programs to repeats of the soaps if you have missed them. There is also great sport coverage with the champions league and great classical films which are shown throughout the week late at night. I would recommend this channel to anyone as its free and of good quality if you have missed programs on itv one you can always pick it up on this channel.
I like itv2 for the main reason, it always shows episodes of my favourites soaps emmerdale and coronation street, if i have missed them on the original channel this is the best way to catch up. I also like the fact that it shows follow up shows to the programmes i have just watched like the x factor for example, Ben Shepard hosts the extra factor on itv2 which shows all the extras and more.
After 15 years my analogue TV was on its was on its way out, rather than rush into a digital TV at great expense I decided to try a new analogue TV (with scart sockets) and a Phillips free view digital box. Amongst the selection of stations ITV2 a free - to - air TV channel owned by ITV plc. Im hoping to pay for it with the proceeds from reviews of stations available. Keep you eyes open. Some of the information below is from Wikipedia (a website) more is available there.
Launched in 7/12/1998 via satellite, cable, terrestrial (freeview). It had an estimated audience of 1.8 % share (multi channel home user) in April 2006. Showings start daily from 9.25 am. Most of the content is made up of ITV1 programmes shown at a later time examples include Coronation street, imported American programs such as Judge Judy and extended coverage of reality television, US movies as well. The on screen logo is present at all times and not removed during advertisements. In 1984 C4 was launched this was going to be called ITV2.
Examples of programmes: 3rd Rock from the sun, Airline, American Idol, Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Footballers wives, Extra Time, The Jeremy Kyle show, Judge Judy, Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Lip Service, Married with children, Montel, Nanny 911, The Oprah Show, Ricki Lake, Sally Jerry Raphael, Supernatural, X Factor.
The channel has a website that is quite useful for programme reviews, TV listings etc...It also shows other ITV stations as well. The listing for today (Saturday 10 June) is as follows.
9.25 Emmerdale, 12.10 Coronation street, 14.35 Holiday showdown, 15.35 Celebrity Fit Club USA, 16.30 Airline USA, 17.00 Airline USA, 17.35 Death Becomes Her, 19.30 Maverick, 22.00 Manhunter, 00.20 Lip Service, 00.50 Movies Now, 01.00 The Mint, 03.30 Emmerdale.
By comparison ITV3 has a longer playtime starting at 05.45 and finishing at 02.55, ITV4 more night time coverage from 18.00 to 05.40.
The station is ranked 7 out of 10 in the ciao hit list of best channels. In terms of content the listings are fairly average. Repeats can be useful and a drag, they occur both daily in the listings and from ITV. It can be useful if you didnt get time to record something earlier (quality of recording might be higher than using VHS). The late start time makes it a little awkward for early starters. The fact that the channel is free with my digital box (and probably with some digital TV) is a great boon in fact probably the stations greatest asset. Advertising is not too time consuming. The US content adds something to its novelty value when compared to ITV1. How it made the top ten in the ciao list is beyond me, updates on that when I review a few more channels.
I had heard of ITV 2 but to tell you the truth I had never flicked the sky digital channels to find it. With so many channels and so less few hours of the day to watch television the last thing I needed was another channel on my list of channels. For those of you with Sky digital you will know how many channels you can have the option of watching. It was only when Pop Idol came on television that I first watched ITV2. And now I do watch it quite a bit. What is ITV2? It?s a free channel, a sister channel of ITV1. ITV1 is still the number one channel and ITV 2 is the second channel which contains all the programmes old and new from ITV1. So if you have missed your ITV soaps you can catch them on ITV2. They show repeats several times a day. One thing it does is that if you do like your soaps like Coronation Street or Emmerdale you no longer have to worry about missing them because they come on again on ITV2. Also it means you don?t have to record them since they are screened within a few hours of them being shown on ITV 1. You can watch ITV2 on channel 226 on Sky digital. Although, the channel is nothing new or isn?t making any new strides with any new programmes I did think the concept of it showing extra bits from shows like Pop Idol were really good. It gave viewers the choice as to whether they wanted to watch extra Pop Idol or not which I think was good. However, when you do watch ITV2 the picture quality and the general organisation of programmes does seem second rate when compared to ITV 1. You can certainly tell all the funding goes to ITV1 and not ITV2. Like ITV1 it?s contains advertisements, I have realised that the advertisements do run longer than they do on ITV 2. In comparison to BBC or ITV 1 this channel is nothing special like many channels on Sky digital it promises much but fails to deliver. Many companies think that to have success they need to only have a channel. Few channels have content of any worth. Un
less, I was a person who had hours to spare a day each day then I would say this channel was marvellous but since I haven?t all I can say is that putting repeats on a channel won?t make it a big hit. Things like extra clips from programmes might do though. The extra footage on Pop Idol and back stage gossip was good to watch. I do think ITV 2 needs to improve a lot. We already have good channels like UK Gold which shows repeats the last thing we need is a copy cat which is what I think ITV 2 is at the moment. Not everything that comes on ITV 1 I want to watch again. All I can say is thank god this channel isn?t one of the four terrestrial channels. In my view there is only room for one channel that is ITV 1.
ITV2 often shows repeats of programmes on ITV, but at different times and days. It occasionally has special programmes on like "Millionaire Night" and things like that. It surprises me however, that ITV will not sell SKYDigital the channel, as this is the most popular digital service around. They won't even sell SKYDigital ITV either. The only ways of getting this channel are either ONDigital (rubbish) or on ntl Digitalplus (pretty good) othertwise, you'll just have to stick with ITV i'm afraid.
ITV2 is really average! Over half their output is old ITV dramas, and repeats of the whole week of soaps on ITV. As mentioned in this thread, the new sports shows they have are so specialist, such as Kickboxing and Karate, I can't see many people tuning into them. It is nice to see 'new' programs such as Springer and Letterman every night - (the Springer shows seem much more recent than the ones on ITV). I suppose though, that considering it's a fairly new channel and it isn't available to Sky digital viewers, the size of the potential audience will decide the money they have to spend on programs.
As I have Sky Digital I have only seen this channel a couple of times on my friends TV. Its just another channel that shows repeats. If you seen it on ITV it will be on here again for example coranation street. These TV companies seem to be taking the Micky out of everybody if I had to pay for this channel I would tell them whereto shove it there are far to many repeats on TV anyway. Stay away from it at all cost.