No matter what the situation is, you can make it good.
Ivan Locke: You make one mistake, Dona, one little fucking mistake, and the whole world comes crashing down around you.
– Locke (Steven Knight, 2013)
I absolutely adore this minimalist gem of a movie…a deeply existential, psychological thriller. Quoting Jean-Paul Sartre: “I am responsible for everything … except for my very responsibility, for I am not the foundation of my being. Therefore everything takes place as if I were compelled to be responsible. I am abandoned in the world … in the sense that I find myself suddenly alone and without help, engaged in a world for which I bear the whole responsibility without being able, whatever I do, to tear myself away from this responsibility for an instant.”
Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) plays the impeccable role of Ivan Locke, a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, who, on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, receives a fateful phone call ‘that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his carefully cultivated existence’ (ref).
Writer/director Steven Knight partly tributes this movie to John Locke (1632-1704), author of An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). In this essay Locke writes: “it is one thing to show a man that he is in an error, and another to put him in possession of the truth” (Book IV, Ch. 7, sec. 11).
Enough said, just watch it.