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Tom Hardy plays a construction manager juggling several crises at once, from his car phone in the thriller "Locke." It opens in Salt Lake City on May 16. Courtesy of A24 Films
DVD review: Hardy gives a dynamic one-man performance in tense ‘Locke’

By Sean P. Means

| The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Aug 09 2014 01:01 am • Last Updated Aug 09 2014 01:01 am

Grade • A-

DVD •There are two great talents at work in the thrilling drama "Locke," but you only see one of them.

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That’s Tom Hardy, familiar as Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises," here playing Ivan Locke, a construction foreman driving away from the biggest job of his career, a massive concrete pour set for the next morning. He’s driving to London, 90 minutes away, where a woman with whom he had a one-night stand is having his child — and he’s determined to do right by her and the baby.

In conversations on his carphone, Locke must placate his angry bosses, talk a nervous subordinate through the pour, calm the pregnant woman (voiced by Olivia Colman) and confess to his wife (voiced by Ruth Wilson) that he was unfaithful.

Hardy is compelling in this one-man acting assignment, as Locke follows a self-imposed code of honor in spite of the damage it may do him. The offscreen genius here is writer-director Steven Knight, who turns the story’s physical limitations into virtues, making the confined space of Locke’s BMW into a crucible for his character’s rigid ethics and his past demons.

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