Locke follows the car journey of construction foreman Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy), as he makes his way to a hospital in London, where the woman of his one night stand is giving birth to his child, despite having a big pouring job to deal with and wife and kids waiting for him back at home. This is an intense hour and a half of life changing phone calls, all piled up into the constricted space of a car. The movie is purely driven by Tom Hardy’s focused acting and compelling monologues, with help from the varied voices of Olivia Coleman (playing wife) and Andrew Scott (playing workmate). Ivan’s monologues were directed at his dad, whom he imagines sitting at the back of the car, and whom we realise abandoned Ivan as a child. This movie is completely thought-provoking, with the consequences of one action continuously building up and up, revealing the impact and emotion it all has on the one human being in the car.
The Breakfast Club
Although not quite as constricted as Tom Hardy in Locke, the majority of this movie is set in the library of a school, where a Saturday detention is being held. Five teenagers, all representing completely different stereotypes -an Athlete, a Basketcase, a Brain, a Criminal, and a Princess- form an unlikely friendship. The confinement in the room (ignoring anomalies such as their brief escape) results in a bond that they are unable to disregard; who they really are, and the personal challenges they appear to be facing, connects the characters in a way that is uniquely special. The confinement conveys a sense of imprisonment: the inability to get away from your opposing character, to the pouring out of deep emotions that cannot be let out elsewhere; yet, John Hughes also manages to create a sense of freedom in such confinement: the barely present teacher, to the running around and smoking weed. All in all, a comedic, eventful, poignant insight into five high school kids’ detention.