August 7, 2014 by Me and My Monkeys
Once the scene is set there are no narrative games or red herrings. Just a close character study of someone trying to steer the right path through insurmountable moral and emotional complexity.
Ivan Locke is a good man, but how can ‘good’ look like this?
Director Steven Knight shows us that morality is subtle and nuanced, and that human decision making forces us to balance our allegiances through intricate social logarithms. Ivan simplifies the equation by applying a cosmological constant to morality. What is good is certain – it’s just a matter of stoically following the steps.
As the screws tighten on Ivan’s Sisyphean predicament, we in the audience are prepared to collapse under the weight of his burden. We share his decisions, minor victories and despairs. We too are stoic and resilient, and vow to continue this path when we leave the cinema.
Locke (both the film and its solo protagonist) is brilliantly conceived, and executed with intelligence and restraint.
The film ends with the boulder at the top of the hill.
Out of 10? A very strong 9.
My monkeys suggest: Watch it.