The presence of Elba and Sam Miller (Luther director) should have delivered so much more, it's a tired and dull tread of the type of mid 90's thriller that Rebecca De Mornay always starred in. Idris is way better than this dross. Not just a No Good Deed, a No Good Film too.
An entire story of a Welshman in a car hasn't been this riveting since Marion & Geoff. It is the grounded nature of this film that makes it work and why it is so riveting, it is in it's normalcy that Hardy shines and sucks you in. His nuance, his non histrionic performance that makes you feel his predicament so fully. In a race against the clock on multiple competing issues that face him, Locke is the everyday man pulled from pillar to post and trying to balance the world from the confines of his car. There are many subliminally beautiful messages in this film and such a refreshing change to focus on acting and tension without big bombastic set pieces or overdone visuals. Well done.
I've been an admirer of Jack O'Connell's since seeing him in Eden Lake and he has matured as an actor in the form of Roth, Oldman and Hardy. A prison drama seems an obvious rites of passage for him and he doesn't disappoint. A gritty, intense drama of the Scum ilk it gives a stark insight into prison life. Expect great things from O'Connell in the future.
So much promise in terms of story and it starts off well, Michael Parks is very good and intriguing as the adventurer. I find Justin Long quite off putting as an actor and thus again he pushed away at the beginning with over doing it. The plot gets silly, which whilst I know this is the point but the tone dropped and this was a real shame as it should have stayed straight. Depp ruined it with an offbeat Closeau impression and Smith let go of the reins and it drifted off the road. It's great to have experiments like this, but it missed the target by quite a big mile.