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4.0 out of 5 stars A very strange film which will divide opinion sharply., 27 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Legacy: Black Ops [DVD] [2010] (DVD)
There is a massive problem in this film - it's basically two different films jammed together.

The cover and much of the write up made me think this would Idris Elba doing the Fugitive with lots of guns maybe some car chases, definitely some abseiling etc.. And the film does start that way with a four man special forces team entering a derelict building somewhere in Eastern europe and Gray (Idris Elba) silently dispatching sentries. As the sleeve tells you the mission goes wrong..

.. and then we find a heavily scarred Gray in a seedy and battered hotel room. He wants to come to terms with what he has done and he contemplates the ascent of his brother - a powerful senator and the rising star of the Washington hawks who may well run for President.

This part of the film (by far the greater of the two) sees Idris Elba acting his backside off and giving the kind of performance that, in a more mainstream film, would have him gathering up golden globes and oscars by the fistful. He really is very, very good as a man who is, at best, slowly losing his mind. He is visited by various figures from his recent past and his backstory unfolds as he tries to hold it together.

There's a really interesting element in that it seems he may have to choose between reconciling himself with what he has done and achieving some peace on the one hand and gaining justice and possibly saving the future of the nation on the other. This really struck me as something which should belong on stage. Elba is pretty intense on the samll screen but up close I suspect this would be terrifying and I wondered whether somewhere along the line it had actually been a play.

Then we keep getting flashbacks and conversations with other people which illuminate what has happened to him. Gray has evidence which could stop his brother's advance and a score to settle. But it never quite goes down the road of so many taut thrillers. And it doesn't fit well with the rest of the story.

This is not the film I was expecting but it is very good. It just isn't one for mates and a beer.
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