Steven Knight

Locke Movie

Over a year ago we saw Steven Knight makes his directorial debut with Redemption. The acclaimed screenwriter behind Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things exhibited a clean eye for striking images and keen acting, with Jason Statham giving the most dramatically compelling performance of his career. It was a conventional yarn, despite being about a nun and a haunted gangster falling in love, but it was finely told, if a bit safe. Knight’s second effort behind the camera, Locke, doesn’t play it safe at all, yielding a powerful 85-minute result. We’ve seen plenty of single location films, but setting a movie almost entirely in a car with a character consistently talking on the phone is ambition itself. Knight’s script matches that audacity. Locke is a thriller, except the suspense comes from interpersonal drama, not gun fights and explosions. Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) is a hardworking and honest family man. It’s a big night for him: his family is excited to watch a major football match together and the next day he’s meant to oversee the biggest concrete pour in European history. The problem is he won’t be present for either the football match or the pour. Months earlier he cheated on his wife (voiced by Ruth Wilson) with Bethan (voiced by Olivia Colman), who’s about to give birth to his child. She’s having a premature delivery, and Locke wants to be there for the child, so he’s driving to meet her at the hospital. Within his car, he’ll have to tell his wife about the affair, his bosses about leaving town, and make sure everything goes according at work […]

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About a week or so ago, it was announced that the last remaining member of the Kennedy family serving in Congress, Patrick Kennedy, would not be running for re-election in the coming election. And for the first time in decades, there will not be a Kennedy in Congress. But the Kennedy legacy, as you might imagine, isn’t going anywhere. Mike Fleming at Deadline is reporting that Matt Damon is now attached to a biopic of Robert F. Kennedy.

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