Frankie & Alice

A24 Films

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Locke Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) has just made a decision that will affect the rest of his life. The fact that he made it moments after hopping into his car after work means he long drive ahead of him will be spent dealing with the fallout, both expected and unexpected, and the entirety of it occurs without leaving the car. He takes calls from home and work, talks to himself as he works through his problems and mile by mile grows closer to his final destination. So simple yet so mesmerizing. Tom Hardy in a car for eighty minutes probably shouldn’t be this engaging, but his performance as an ordinary guy facing the life-altering fallout from one bad decision is powerful affecting. He feels real — his dilemmas, frustrations, actions — and we can’t help but relate to the grounded drama and emotion. Suspense builds through conversations and Hardy’s acting, all without leaving the car. And not for nothing, but this is one incredibly (and unexpectedly) gorgeous film too. [Blu-ray/DVD extras: Making of, commentary]

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The first half of the trailer for Frankie and Alice seems like a fairly cardboard view of a troubled young woman, but the entire thing takes a Three Faces of Eve turn really quick at the gravelly command of actor Stellan Skarsgard. Oscar winner Halle Berry might appear to be aiming for the award again, although the results for Things We Lost In the Fire was a similar shot fired and missed. Here, it’s tough to say just from the trailer. The role looks tragic and brutal enough, and Berry is a talent beyond her years. There’s a chance here that the shivers induced by the trailer extend all the way out into the film which sees its release in December. [Cinema Blend]

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