Legacy is an interesting film, to say the least. 90% of it is spent in a small apartment, and follows the mental deterioration of a Black Ops soldier, recently returned from a botched mission in Eastern Europe, as he attempts to expose the misdeeds of his corrupt senator brother. It’s a thriller with stylistic hallmarks of greats from a bygone era (Manchurian Candidate and Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window’ spring to mind), where suspense and tension were paramount, instead of fast-paced action and explosive thrills.
A claustrophobic, slow-burning film like this lives or dies on it’s performances, and Legacy really shines in that area, with Idris Elba playing the lead role with haunting intensity. The rest of the cast do great jobs as well.
The editing and cinematography are tight, and fit the dark, brooding mood of the film effectively.
The main story itself is gripping in all the right places, and is well paced, but there are several moments were I felt a bit lost, and found myself wondering if I’d just missed something important.
You owe it to yourself to check this out if you’re a fan of strong acting, and clever, suspenseful thrillers.