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Idris Elba is Malcolm Gray, a decorated anti-terrorist black-ops soldier. When a military effort to tackle an arms dealer ends in Gray's capture and torture, he later finds himself back in his Brooklyn apartment struggling to overcome the effects of severe paranoia and anxiety.
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Idris, please choose your roles a little more wisely.
The budget was small and it shows in a couple of scenes, but the director did a fine job of creating a movie that 99% of the time felt like it had the scope of a bigger picture, and yes, all from the confines of a couple small locations. A director without a good eye easily could have ruined the torture and action scenes when having to work around such a low budget, but Ikimi executed them like a pro.
When it comes to low budget films, the thing that normally suffers is the acting because the production can not afford to hire quality actors. I have no idea how Ikimi got Idris Elba on board, and anyone who has seen The Wire already knows he is an acting powerhouse, but even the supporting cast, well known or not, gave great performances. I don't know if Ikimi is just that good at pulling great performances out of his cast, or if he just lucked out. Either way, you can't fault Legacy for any of its performances.
The biggest complaint I've heard about the film is the story. Maybe it wasn't the most exciting thing ever, but it held my attention.
Things I didn't like:
There is a strangulation in the opening scene that wasn't too convincing.
The ending felt a little rushed. Another viewing may change my mind, but I felt there could have been another 10 minutes in there. Regardless of me finding it rushed, I thought it was pretty tense. I guess I just wanted it to last a little longer. That is maybe my one complaint about the script.
Overall I'd give Legacy a 7/10, and I can't wait to see what Ikimi does next, hopefully with a larger budget to let him roam. If you are into psychological thrillers that make use of small locations, then this movie is for you. If you are looking for a full out action movie then you have obviously come to the wrong place. There are some action scenes, and they are well done, but that isn't what this movie is about.