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Published August 13th 2014
BMW is Definitely the Car to Get
*** Please note there are spoilers in this review ***

Locke is a 2013 British drama film written and directed by Steven Knight. The most memorable quote of this film is "One crack and your whole world can crumble around you."

Ivan Locke is a successful project manager, who is at the top of his game professionally and leads a happy and loving family life. However, one fateful decision will see his life as he knows it, slip away rapidly.

It's the eve of a huge project, where Locke is supposed to oversee one of the biggest concrete pours in Europe's history, laying foundations for a skyscraper. However, instead of checking the final preparations at the site or spending family-bonding time with his family and sons, Locke decides to drive to London from Birmingham to be with another woman who is about to give birth to his child.

During this life-changing drive, Locke simultaneously deals with a series of crises - his job, his marriage and his family all on the phone. This movie is ultimately about how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.


This is a one-man movie where the lead character Ivan is taking a long drive. Locke repeatedly talks about how one mistake can ruin the happy and stable life he worked hard to created. He is trying to repair the damage but the consequences of his decision will forever be visible.

This is a very daring cinematic experiment, striping away all the glitz and glamour of your typical movie. The setup is very minimal with the lead character, a BMW and various phone calls. Actor Tom Hardy's solo performance is quite engaging and compels the audiences to focus on Locke's inner turmoil and dilemmas in between calls.

Locke appears to be a practical man. He is reserved and very controlled. His decision and action to throw everything away appears to be out-of-his-normal character. It is a compelling emotional decision and not a rational one.

Locke wants to be there at child-birth but to what extent will he be involved in the kid's life? Locke displays a fool's dream, hoping everything will be back to normal. His decision and action triggers a set of irretrievable reactions that probably will have a more profound impact in his life.

Some would say Locke's decision is heroic in some ways, but I ask: "Was it all worth it?"

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