Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott, Ben Daniels
Directed By: Steven Knight
Written By: Steven Knight
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 25 min
I’ll admit, a movie about a ninety minute drive while a bloke makes a few phone calls, didn’t sound that interesting. But then as the glowing reviews came in, I found myself more intrigued, and since the excellent Tom Hardy was the man making that drive, I figured I’d give the movie a screening. What followed was a fascinating character study of a man whose life has been turned upside down after a one night stand.
At first, the details about this one night stand, and subsequent pregnancy on the eve of a career defining building project, didn’t seem all that much to worry about. I mean, sure, it’s not good, but for the first thirty minutes of the film, I couldn’t help thinking about all the ways this situation could be controlled. I even questioned the need for the journey, and wondered why this story needed to be a full length feature film.
But as Ivan (Tom Hardy) drives and makes his phone calls, we start to understand the motivations behind his actions. You see, Ivan has carefully crafted his career and family life, based around a single goal. Not to be like his own father. Who by all accounts was a complete loser, and wasn’t even present when Ivan was born. Ivan takes pride in his role as a leader at work, and steadfast provider for his family. Everything his own father wasn’t, and this one night sees Ivan try to do the right thing, despite the calamitous effect it’ll have on this life.
A movie like this could easily come across as gimmicky, but Steven Knight’s script and Tom Hardy’s excellent performance totally justify the setting for this drama. And despite the single location, it’s actually a stunningly photographed film. Haris Zambarloukos’ photography perfectly capturing the varied bright colors during this epic night-time drive.
If you’re a fan of Tom Hardy’s work, this film is a must see. The story develops slowly at first so be patient. This movie is rated R for language.
This is a really nicely shot film, and would look great on a theater sized screen. A HD screening at home on your TV, laptop, or tablet would work too.
Tom Hardy’s performance, Steven Knight’s script and Haris Zambarloukos’ photography.