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05th Jul 2024

Prime Video has just added a very claustrophobic thriller drama movie

Stephen Porzio

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Holding a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it was written and directed by the creator of Peaky Blinders.

Prime Video has just added Locke, the 2013 movie starring Tom Hardy which was written and directed by Steven Knight – the creator of Peaky Blinders.

In the thriller drama, the actor plays Ivan Locke, a family man and successful construction manager whose life begins to fall apart over the course of a car journey.

The film is noteworthy for taking place almost entirely in a car and for featuring only one onscreen actor in Hardy – though Andrew Scott, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman and Tom Holland have roles as the voices Ivan speaks to on his car phone.

While its single setting premise could have been boring in lesser hands, the 84-minute-long Locke is as gripping as an action-packed blockbuster thanks to its tour-de-force central performance and the level of depth of its lead character.

Holding a 91% score on Rotten Tomatoes, you can read a sample of some of the raves from critics for the movie right here:

The Australian: “Locke is an original and impressive experience, an unusual film of considerable quality.”

Daily Telegraph (UK): “There are no car chases and no car crashes, and no-one else appears on screen. Around half of the dialogue is about concrete. It’s one of the most nail-biting thrillers of the year.”

The New York Times: “Moment by moment, with a twitch, a shudder, a look, it’s Mr. Hardy who movingly draws you in, turning a stranger’s face into a life.”

Observer: “Writer-director Steven Knight gets more suspense out of the restricted nature of Locke’s predicament than you would ever think possible.”

Variety: “An exceptional one-man show for Tom Hardy, this ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism has depth, beauty and poise.”

Locke is streaming on Prime Video in Ireland and the UK right now. US readers can watch it in the States on Cinemax.

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