Tom Hardy is out for a drive in this first clip from real-time thriller LOCKE

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He’s blown up your dreams, knocked out a couple of MMA fighters, broken the Bat, smuggled some booze with Shia Labeouf and even survived Reese Witherspoon’s chin. So what’s next for Tom Hardy, the acting man’s action man? Well, it looks like he’s taking a page out of both Nicolas Cage and Jack Bauer’s books, as for his next film, Locke, he’ll be driving angry in real time.

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The sophomore film from director Stephen Knight (Redemption), Locke will see Hardy in the title role as Ivan Locke, a man who “has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight, that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul.”

What makes Locke different though, is that it all happens in real-time and also just withing the confines of the car that Hardy’s driving (something that the Paul Walker led Vehicle 19 also tried, but with very little success).

Knight, who indicated that the film was shot from  multiple camera angles simultaneously using really long takes, kind of like filming a stage play, spoke to BleedingCool about the film.

“It was a joy and challenge to make Locke in an entirely different way. Shot in real time, Locke breaks new ground in movie making with Hardy holding the screen alone while the camera never blinks. The night time highway is part back drop, part art installation, as a stellar cast play the people Ivan loves and hates and who witness his extraordinary journey to despair and ultimately to redemption. A man’s life transformed in a half a tank of gas. I believe the journey of Ivan Locke is deeply moving and utterly compulsive.”

While the rest of the film could very well be “deeply moving and utterly compulsive”, I have to admit that this first clip is anything but, as it features Hardy having a conversation about concrete. You do get a feel that Knight has lensed the film rather beautifully though, with that nightscape highway providing a pretty good backdrop as promised.

If there’s anybody that could hold your attention while doing nothing but just talking on the phone while driving (Hands-free kit! Road safety!) it will be Tom Hardy, so I’ll be interested to hear what the verdict of the full film is when it makes its debut at the Venice Film Festival on 2 September.

Last Updated: August 27, 2013

Kervyn Cloete

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