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This time he is armed with a stellar cast (Idris Elba is excellent and gives a most harrowing and unique performance), a dedicated crew and far less of the creative restrictions he experienced while making his micro budget first film, Limbo.
This is a dark and tense psychological thriller with a strong focus on the psychology so that the viewer must constantly question themselves throughout the complex plot. We are left often doubting our own conclusions just as quickly as we became certain of them.
I had a few gripes with the casting and thought that Clarke Peters was slightly out of place portraying a covert and deadly Black ops soldier. Also Monique Gabriela Curnen (who nevertheless gives a good performance) didn't quite feel the right choice for her role as Idris' past love interest. It's not all bad though as Eamonn Walker, Joe Holt and Lara Pulver were all excellently cast resulting in some particularly gripping scenes whenever they shared the screen with Idris Elba.
All in all this is a thinking person's film, don't let Idris Elba's all action persona falsely paint your expectations of what this film is about. If you like The Jacket, Jacob's Ladder or Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) then you should appreciate and enjoy this film. This Legacy will leave you with questions, but are you sharp enough to decipher the answers?
The film itself takes place after a failed mission and Malcom Gray (Idris Elba) holds up in a dingy apartment alone. As the film proceeds it becomes clear that not everything is what it seems. For a low budget psychological thriller, there is quite a lot of action. It reminds me of Taxi Driver.
Sadly, I think this movie is destined to be under-rated and under- appreciated. Give it a chance, you won't be disappointed.
As others have said, this is NOT an action movie. Rather, it is a psychological thriller that focuses solely on one character, with the majority of the film taking place in his rundown hotel room. Idris gave a phenomenal performance. By now this should be no surprise, as he has been excellent in everything I've seen so far -- the true surprise is the lack of awards recognizing this particular performance.
Don't hesitate to purchase this one if you are a fan of Idris Elba in particular or the genre in general.
JOB WELL DONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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excellent acting but I was confused on plot and found it difficult to hear the dialogue at timesPublished 2 months ago by Judy K Eden
Superb acting by Idris Elba. Mesmerizing. Slow and steady as the story goes. A few slow points for me because I was unsure of what was true or not (and maybe that's a success the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jacqualine-Marie