In 2012, out of a limousine, Leos Carax director has made one of the year’s best movie: Holy Motors. On limousine that a man plays many different roles to give us an overview of the problems of contemporary society, taking the car to do the narrative, the story outward car door continuously relayed to me the objective perspective on life. 2014, directed by Steven Knight put also put a man in a BMW luxury. But other than a limousine with the door always open, BMW is closed, no one out on the man that drove 85-minute film, his only brother, the phone attached directly to the vehicle, said conversation via speaker. He solved the crisis of his life, only himself and his own problems. No flashback footage, film linear run-time of the journey on a BMW that. So what took me 85 minutes to sit around during only to see a man talking on the phone in my car?
That man is Locke, a British made foreman at a large construction company with headquarters in Chicago – USA. A man dedicated to work, almost never make mistakes, always respecting others. “He is the best that Britain”, a subordinate he said. You’re going to monitor the project and operating the largest concrete pour in Europe with a value of up to hundreds of millions of dollars. Not only hard work, he was a man who loved family get out of ink. The two boys were waiting for me on the football, and his wife really loved though not as well dressed in the team he likes, go buy beer and do something to wait for his return. So he decided to leave it all, go to the point where he says to the worst of his life filled with suffering, but also assertive, to repair faults that previously had made his father did not dare opposite.
The film reminds me of the work of The Clown German writer Heinrich Böll, a clown in the worst moments of his life, were calling everywhere looking for help to get him out of the distress but also through which, the disintegration of social relationships is revealed. Of course that is just a reference in terms of image, not relevant in terms of story content, because Locke fully control their own decisions in the face of tragedy, or ignore it to live on the pretty normal life of him.
Movie opening scene takes place at a construction site, men in suits climbed workwear his car and drove off. Since then, the only man to appear on the screen, the camera is placed in multiple locations, inside the car, outside the car, but they all focus and concentrate on Locke and the vehicle. Staying in a narrow context, only occasionally leaning out to take in the light of cluster frame surrounding vehicles, traffic signal lights … Viewers will feel cramped and pumpkin painting as yourself so sitting in the car. The comforts of a luxury BMW does not make the main character more comfortable, or more reassuring viewers to continue to watch the film. Script brilliantly concise, beyond the curiosity sparked suggestive situations also, of course, also starring great to be able to be managed in such set ups.
Steven Knight cleverly installed in phone calls to colleagues, with his wife, son, with whom he had come to see the traces, clues to understanding the story has been started as yet, and he was chosen for its ending it. It is torn by a man whose childhood was incomplete because absent father. In the three most important things a person’s life: family, career and personal, he has decisively chosen to go straight to where he knew would bury career and family destroyed his happiness .
To mention the mistake, who then will make a mistake. And even if it is only wrong, it’s still something too large, his wife said, between a mistake and no mistake is an infinite distance. Indeed, one hundred good thing not a bad thing erased. We must choose how to compromise with the fact that to find a way out for his mistakes. Most people would choose burial goes wrong if there is a good life, happy and rich life as Locke. But only a few people like Locke dare to face the truth, not hiding, ready to receive the consequences.
He has never regretted his decision? Tears when talking to his son that Dad is home, I think, is the tears of regret, but regret the mistake in his past. A single mistake and now he is paying the price too expensive to repair it. The film does not mention the latter part of his life to Locke, and we wondered what would happen, then everyone will think to yourself scenario, depending on how we assess his behavior in this case. Locke-b3
Ingenuity in handling script for the film has created a tense atmosphere but charismatic, and demonstrated real talent by Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy is the actor best known role as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises 3 of Christopher Nolan, and some other role in the Warrior (2011), Lawless (2012), but they only show us he is an actress secure with multiple personalities, but still inclined to shoulder more rounded. But Ivan Locke withers, I really believe he is a talent, a potentially diverse incarnation, with sharp inner depth and extremely attractive. Really, to express the psychology of a man facing the greatest tragedy of his life is not easy, man also must calm to handle the job over the phone, must have the courage to tell wife the truth, against conscience, as well as our sins. Tom Hardy is not only done, but done very well. Portrait of Locke appeared extremely sharp, with a calm voice, abstinence, melancholy face, and sometimes tears in his eyes.
Assertiveness is one thing, an agent is that the past, that’s his motivation to do what you think is right. The past of the father only when he was 23 years old. He did not understand his father scolded him and lifetime. But in a moment, silence expensive that he stopped to think, I believe I understand why. And then, I really did think he’ll be back. No phone footage that makes me appreciate more about the Locke.
The more mature the more we take on more responsibility, not only to the family and society, but also to himself. The more responsibilities, mistakes become more severe. But the important thing is how we handle them. And when they make a decision, we have dared to follow that decision to the end or not? Steven Knight has ambition but also exquisite when telling an interesting story with a simple context as possible. And it succeeded. A bold cinematic works, pure, are enjoying and getting to the praise worthy.
Ps: When watching movies or simple as this, I always think of the Vietnam drama too poor in ideas and lack of real actors. That’s sad.