Locke ★★★★

Surprisingly gripping, poignant and unique. Locke strips down all the modern artifice of cinema back to its core: writing. It's just the story and dialog at the center of the experience here. It felt more like a novel than a movie at times. And while Locke does suffer a bit from some forced "talking to himself / dead father" self psycho-analysis, and some hard to believe conversations with thin phone characters, it still really grabbed me for its 90-minute ride and wouldn't let me go. Tom Hardy just gives such a striking, heartfelt and memorable performance. With strong cinematography and editing, Locke is one of the best films of 2014 so far. I can't wait to watch this one again.