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Locke is a thrilling ride in which the protagonist is driven by his moral compass. SPOILERS Analysing the moral conundrum of Ivan Locke
There are 3 corners of triangle. The soon to be born boby, his family and a big project. Locke is genuinely a good man. He is a practical man. He has a high level of commitment for things to which he is personally or professionally associated . Locke has been faithful to his wife , except for one occasion . This single mistake is going to bring a baby into this world. Locke feels the need to do right by the baby . He knows what the baby will feel, if he is not present. He cant let that happen. At this point it can be argued that he wronged his family. Yes, he definitely did. But he did it unknowingly . He was drunk , when he committed his "one mistake". He could not knowingly hurt the baby. He comes out clean with his wife. He could have used his big project as an excuse and driven away. But he didnt do it. But why did he stick to his job when he is fired ? Why go through all the pains to get the work done ? Ivan's wife tells him "Do you hear yourself Ivan. Our home is falling apart and you are worried about closing roads. The women is giving birth and you are closing roads" "In kitchen your footprint go hard and I have to chip them away. You leave concrete behind you everywhere" Ivan has personally invested himself into the project . He has been doing so for a long time. He have dreamt about the glorious 50 floor building and "how much volume of air the building will displace" .
Ivan is a man who has meticulously developed his professional and personal life. He loves his job and his family. But finally his moral compass drives him towards his incoming child.
LUP is about 3 characters. Phillip, his girlfriend Ashley , Irk . Phillip is a emotionally detached writer. He analyses every thought that comes into his mind. Phillip guards himself from human connection. He is actually very honest about his feeling . But his brutally honest analysis of emotions makes him mean. He has developed a pattern of destroying meaningful connections with the people who care about him. One of these people is Ashley. Ashley is played by Elizabeth Moss. I love her voice. There is something very distinctive about it (Maybe it is just a Madmen thing). Ike is almost what Phillip will become when he turns 60. A loner who sabotaged his relationship by scrutinizing every bit of them . Narrator :"Ike has begun to loose his passion to be alone all the time and eager to have an impressionable young mind to impart his wisdom" . Ike sees Phillip as a young version of himself but less talented. A loner takes another loner under his tutelage because he is too tired to be all alone. All feelings , thinking , future aspects of different relationships are thoroughly analyzed by the narrator and the 2 loners. Other characters (which are effected or hurt by the loners) suffer. Ike's daughter expresses her frustration out loud. But Ashley suffers in silence. "It's ok. I am not angry with you anymore"
LUP is about mean people and suffering caused by them. But it is not a melodrama , it is a study of extremely reserved people . It is an analysis about what is healthy for such people and what is not .
- Note to self : Rewatch after some years. Dialogues are stuffed, cant make sense of all in one go.
Later achieve an enviable level of wealth and success . From this day forward, Phillip will never invest so much of himself in anybody else. Instead living a life , so much as consider emotional honesty and deeply vary of those who attempt to get close to him. A pattern of behaviour that ultimately left him in isolated and emotionless specter, forever remaining a mystery, even to himself.