Two Locke Trailers

Other than saying “hey, Tom Hardy is in this!” how exactly does one promote a film in which a guy drives a car for an hour and a half? A new set of two Locke trailers attempt to tackle the problem by running in opposite directions.

“One guy in a car” is the basic setup of Locke, the film from Steven Knight in which Hardy plays a troubled guy who fields phone calls while on a drive to attend an event that could change his life. The film may have a performance from Hardy that has been praised up and down the festival circuit since the film debuted last year (as the first spot’s quote barrage shows) but it is pretty short on the whizz-bang moments that trailer editors thrive on. So the approach here is a bit novel, and the short spots are heavy on tension and atmosphere — and Hardy’s performance. Read More »

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‘Locke’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Has a Lot of Problems

Tom Hardy in Locke

The premise of Locke sounds, frankly, boring as hell. It’s an 85-minute movie about a guy answering phone calls in his car and getting stressed out about his personal and professional lives. Yet reviews out of Sundance (including Peter’s) indicate that it’s anything but, and the first Locke trailer we got last month backed up all that praise.

It probably helps that the guy in question is played by the compulsively watchable Tom Hardy. If anyone can carry a one-man show, it’s him. The new U.S. trailer reveals a little more about Ivan Locke’s dilemma than the U.K. one did, but thankfully not too much. See the new promo and the new poster after the jump.

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‘Locke’ Trailer: Tom Hardy Goes for a Drive

Locke

Tom Hardy stayed mostly under the radar in 2013, but that was only because he was so busy shooting. He’s back in a big way this year with three releases, the first of which, Locke, hit Sundance last month and is now headed for a spring release.

Written and directed by Steven Knight, the taut thriller follows a dude taking phone calls in his car. Which doesn’t sound all that exciting, I know, but reviews from the festival circuit say otherwise. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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Locke

Friday morning I spent 85 minutes with Tom Hardy as he drove a car while fielding phone calls over a Bluetooth connection. It’s not as glamorous as it sounds; it’s a movie at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Locke, directed by Steven Knight (Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Dirty Pretty Things and Eastern Promises), is a an incredible acting exercise with the spotlight shining on Hardy, and Hardy alone.

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Amid the high-profile work featuring Tom Hardy, the actor quickly shot a small film in which his is essentially the only visible face.

The movie is called Locke, and it is a one-man show described by one review as “basically just Tom Hardy driving a car while making a bunch of phone calls.” Lest you get the wrong idea, that same review from Variety goes on to call the movie an “ingeniously executed study in cinematic minimalism [with] depth, beauty and poise” and “a finely tuned showcase for Hardy’s exceptional acting skills.” So that’s alright, then.

The film premiered at the Venice Film Fest this past weekend, where it met with positive reviews such as Variety’s. Oh, and the movie comes from writer/director Steven Knight (Eastern PromisesRedemption) and executive producer Joe Wright (HannaAnna Karenina).

We don’t have a trailer yet, but there’s a clip you can check out to start getting an idea about the movie.  Read More »

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