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Locke

Ivan Locke has crafted a nearly flawless life. Professionally, he is an obsessive perfectionist, respected by his coworkers and loved by his bosses. He cherishes the bond he shares with his two sons and the unshakeable partnership he has developed with his wife. This is the life he always imagined, an ideal existence built with painstaking care.

Hours before the biggest day of his career, Locke receives a phone call that threatens to destroy the life he has worked so meticulously to create. As he struggles to keep his world intact, he is forced to confront his imperfections and the fractured foundation where they are rooted.

Starring: Tom Hardy (Bronson '08, Inception '10, The Dark Knight Rises '12)

About the Director: Steven Knight is a writer and director. His first screenplay was Dirty Pretty Things (2002), directed by Stephen Frears, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also wrote the screenplays for Amazing Grace (2006), Eastern Promises (2007), and Closed Circuit (2013) and cowrote Seventh Son. He has written and directed two films: Hummingbird, starring Jason Statham, and Locke, starring Tom Hardy, which won him a 2013 British Independent Film Award for best screenplay.

Showtime 7:00 PM / Running time 1 hr 25 mins. Since the film is not too lengthy, we could head over to Oishii afterwards if there is interest.

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  • Joseph

    The first time his name was mentioned as Ivan Locke, I heard it as "I've been locked" which I think is also appropriate given his character's (life-changing) dilemma.

    May 20, 2014

  • Mark F.

    According to the "Slate Culture Gabfest" podcast, he was driving from Birmingham to London. They also thought that the guy's name was an allusion to John Locke, and now that I think of it, his name essentially *was* John Locke, since Ivan is the Russian form of the name "John". Also, apparently it was actually filmed on the road. They said he was being towed, so I guess not on a flatbed, and that instead of doing multiple takes of different parts of the movie, they filmed the whole story from beginning to end 16 times, twice a night, and then cut the best parts together to make the movie. Which I thought was a pretty interesting idea.

    I think it could work as a play, although having most of the cast never seen would be weird.

    May 20, 2014

  • Dave S.

    I see how the film reflects Expressionism. I would probably see that more if I knew more about Expressionism and didn’t have to Google the term just now. I think the concrete was an important symbol in the film. He was driving in his car watching his life crumble WHILE he was trying to build a foundation. His marriage didn’t have much of a foundation. Anyway, I think there’s something in this film about giving the things you’re trying to build in your life a solid foundation. I enjoyed the film very much and enjoyed the gathering afterwards too.

    2 · May 20, 2014

  • Louise H.

    I am so sorry I missed this one. In view of what you've all written, I'm going to make it my business to catch it before it's gone. Thanks!

    May 20, 2014

  • Joseph

    I did not get back in the Triangle until late but I saw this in San Diego. And I'm still in awe at how Steven Knight mounted a very intimate portrait of a man's life slowly unraveled by life-changing decisions in the claustrophobic enclosure of his car. Tom Hardy (who I first saw in 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy') is amazing. His face registering the precise nuances of fleeting emotions, in-transit feelings, and ambiguities. Truly masterful. My friends who watched it with me thought the nod to Expressionism was too obvious and contrived, but I thought it worked seamlessly. It reminded me of 'All is Lost', 'Phone Booth' and 'Buried' although I thought 'Locke' was even better in pulling at my emotional heartstrings.

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Shawna

    A good film with a suspenseful screenplay. Tom Hardy is excellent, via Slant: delivers an "intensely simmering mix of rage and pathos that's become his calling card". Hardy is truly a versatile actor; his next project is playing Elton John in Rocketman film. Check him out in 'Bronson'; he is completely crazy -- an unforgettable film and an extraordinary performance (you'd never know it's the same guy). http://www.slantmagazine.com/film/review/bronson

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • Mark F.

    If you didn't make it you missed a good one...

    May 18, 2014

  • amnon

    a strong maybe

    May 18, 2014

  • Louise H.

    On a deadline, but the need for a break may flush me out!

    1 · May 17, 2014

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