After playing the monster Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, one of the movies' most powerful actors spends a whole film alone, motoring toward his destiny
It’s as if some mythical cinema professor has assigned a test to the most ambitious filmmakers: produce a movie with only one on-screen character. Sandra Bullock spends most of Gravity wandering solo above Earth, and in All Is Lost Robert Redford battled the elements in his disabled yacht. Space, the sea — what’s left but a car? Writer-director Steven Knight has built a car with a Locke: Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), facing several crises as he motors alone on England’s M40. Hardy, the English actor who put his ferocious physicality to thrilling use as the monster Bane to Christian Bale’s Batman in The Dark Knight Rises, must play the whole piece sitting down behind the wheel of his BMW.