Excerpt: It would be tempting to call “Locke” a radio drama with nice photography, but Hardy is acting even when he isn’t talking. His face, his body language, his sweat and an occasional tear often do the talking for him. Perhaps best-known for the ferocious physicality of his roles in “Warrior” and “The Dark Knight Rises,” the chameleon-like actor is riveting here. The best movie acting often takes place behind the eyes, and this is particularly the case when a character is wrapped tight.
Excerpt: Locke is another example of the single actor, single location approach in features, which seem to be gaining steam recently. Like Buried, 127 Hours, Wrecked and even Phone Booth, the entire runtime takes place in one small location while the story revolves around a single character.
Excerpt: How can a movie that keeps us locked in a car for its duration, alone with a single character and a supporting cast of disembodied voices, work so brilliantly? Shot in eight nights, on a budget under $2 million, Steven Knight’s film is a testimony to imagination and talent.