Tom Hardy's a "big" imposing guy! Some of you will remember him as the brother from "Warrior," the character "Bane" in The Dark Knight Returns or more recently as "Max" in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road. Now, I'm not sure what it is about this guy's face exactly... but why does he get cast in movies that require he wear a mask through most of it? W H Y ? And who said big guys can't act?
Now on to the review...
This is not your typical movie. If you want action, laughs, suspense, etc. then trust me... you'll be better off looking elsewhere cos' this one's "different."
The entire movie is set on the road where we get to witness an incredibly realistic 1 hour and 15 minutes of a man's life as the drama unfolds in real-time. Sounds boring, doesn't it? I know. And it probably would've been... if anybody else had been cast in this role... but honestly, it's not.
So what do you get exactly? Well, you get to witness a master at the very top of his game here. If you're the type who can enjoy a movie purely for the dialogue, then enjoying a movie purely for it's acting performance will be a 1st for you! And what a performance! There's always an underlying and very real sense of tension here which kept me interested. This is not an "edge-of-your-seat" kinda tension either, and it's not "forced" in any way, but what's here is definitely enough to keep you watching all the way through. For me, where this movie truly succeeds... is in what it doesn't show you. In doing so, it allows you to create the imagery. I can only liken the experience to that of reading a really good book.
PS. There aren't many actors/actresses in this one, and then you only really get to hear their voices, but they all deserve special mention here as the performances of every single one of them were incredibly "believable" and at the same stellar level as the movie's main star.