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Legacy -- After a botched mission, Black Ops operative Malcolm Gray is torn between retribution and personal salvation as he mentally unravels.
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An AWOL Black Ops soldier mentally unravels when holed up in a Brooklyn motel room. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Doesn't come together as it should in the final third but Elba is terrific and is a big part of it working See more (27 total) »


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Idris Elba ... Malcolm Gray

William Hope ... Mark Star

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Valentina Gray

Richard Brake ... Scott O'Keefe

Clarke Peters ... Ola Adenuga

Julian Wadham ... Gregor Salenko

Gerald Kyd ... Gustavo Helguerra

Mem Ferda ... Andriy

Niall Greig Fulton ... Vladimir
John Kazek ... Dimitri

Annette Badland ... Stephanie Gumpel

Lara Pulver ... Diane Shaw

Eamonn Walker ... Darnell Gray Jnr

Joe Holt ... Ronny Tarbuck

Deobia Oparei ... Roy Cloglam

Juliet Howland ... Anne

Christina Chong ... Jane

Michael Alspaugh ... Carl
Michael Callaghan ... Mikhail

Finlay Harris ... Darnell's supporter
Adam Smith ... Rescue Worker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Calum Cormack ... Backer (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Ikimi 
Writing credits
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Produced by
Idris Elba .... executive producer
Thomas Ikimi .... producer
Jessica Levick .... associate producer
Michael Olsen .... executive producer
Arabella Page Croft .... producer
Kieran Parker .... producer
Original Music by
Mark Kilian 
Cinematography by
Jonathan Harvey 
Film Editing by
Richard Graham 
Thomas Ikimi 
Casting by
Anna Kennedy 
Production Design by
Gordon Rogers 
Art Direction by
Andy Drummond 
Costume Design by
Harriet Edmonds 
Makeup Department
Jessica Cruickshank .... assistant makeup artist
Maxine Dallas .... makeup artist
Niamh Morrison .... make-up and hair designer
Niamh Morrison .... prosthetics effects
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marissa Carrera .... second assistant director
Jonathan Farmer .... first assistant director
Alison Wallace .... third assistant director
Art Department
Philip Barratt .... graphic artist
Philip Barratt .... graphics
David Macleod .... stand-by props assistant
Eona McCallum .... stand-by art director
Brian McGraw .... stand-by props
Andy Neilson .... property master
Shona Paton .... production buyer
Lynsey Sinnamon .... lead scenic artist
Sound Department
Ruth Adelman .... adr editor
Iain Anderson .... foley mixer
Tom Griffiths .... sound effects editor
Kahl Henderson .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor
Micheal MacKinnon .... foley artist
Alastair Mason .... production sound mixer
Kian McClure .... boom operator
Carter Ferguson .... fight director
James Fleming .... assistant fight arranger
Leon Lee .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Eve Carreño .... second assistant camera
Ian Forbes .... lighting assistant
Tommy Hankinson .... lighting assistant
David Hutchison .... camera assistant
Vlad Martins .... digital imaging technician
Mark Morley .... grip
Ross Pearson .... stand-by rigger
Mike Scott .... Steadicam / camera operator
Jason Wingrove .... focus puller
Lee Wooster .... gaffer
Casting Department
Ellie Collyer-Bristow .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Gilchrist .... costume assistant
Michael Weldon .... costume assistant
Music Department
Matthew Janszen .... assistant to composer
Matt Shelton .... music editor
Transportation Department
Charlie Stuart .... driver
Other crew
Marie Byrne .... assistant to director
Michael Callaghan .... development executive
Joe Gibson .... still photgrapher
Lindsay Goodall .... production coordinator
Glynn Henderson .... safety consultant
David Johnstone .... insurance: Media Insurance Brokers
Dolina Macfarlane .... continuity
John Mazyck .... title designer: main titles
Alex McKay .... floor runner
Stephen McShane .... production assistant
Pete Murphy .... location manager
John O'Neill .... production accountant
Scott Rodgers .... armorer
Liam Shaw .... floor runner
Dan Moss .... work experience runner (uncredited)

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Rated R for strong brutal violence including some torture and pervasive language
93 min
Germany:16 | USA:R (certificate #46400)

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Niamh Morrison not only handled prosthetics but also handled aspects of makeup as well. Her work was so authentic that Thomas and other crew found it hard to look at Idris Elba's scars on some days. Particularly the infamous 'back scene' day.See more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Doesn't come together as it should in the final third but Elba is terrific and is a big part of it working, 25 May 2011
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

I didn't know anything about this film when I finally got to see it. Kermode never reviewed it, Metacritic doesn't list it and several other sites I read didn't either. The reason I was looking for it was that I am a fan of Idris Elba – not a fan of all his films necessarily but a fan of what he can do since I am familiar with him from his quite brilliant turn as The Wire's Stringer Bell. The news that the film also had some other HBO actors I know (Walker from Oz, Peters from The Wire, Pulver from True Blood) only made me want to see it more – Eamonn Walker in particular was more than enough. But essentially the reason I came to the film was Elba and other than that I didn't know what the plot was or what to expect. I'll be honest and say I had some worries for several reasons: firstly it is a joint production with a Nigerian company and the few Nollywood films I have seen have been poor; secondly it was called "Legacy Black Ops" when I heard of it and I worried that it was trying to cash in on the Black Ops name since this is a rather large video game at the moment.

Anyway, despite my worries I actually quite enjoyed the film and found the 90 minutes to be mostly surprisingly gripping. Starting with a black ops mission that is going wrong we cut quickly to a cheap room in Brooklyn where one of the unit has holed up to complete "his mission". He talks to his video camera alone in his room; he is careful when he opens the door and he rarely answers the telephone. His ex (who married his brother while he was presumed dead) visits him in his room and he watches his brother (a presidential hopeful) being interviewed on TV. The structure of the film means we are mostly in the room that Malcolm has rented but we also have flashbacks to the mission he was on at the start of the film so that, while he follow his story now, we also see what has happened. What is happening now is that Malcolm appears to be trying to make up for his "sins" by exposing his brother's involvement in these black operations and in particular the fraud of a large sarin gas recovery on the East Coast by leaking details to a journalist. Throughout the film, in the time-honoured tradition, the pressure and the isolation appear to be taking their toll on Malcolm and his grip on sanity appears to be slipping.

In this regard the film does tread a rather worn path but I still found it engaging. I have seen others on IMDb say it was too long but for me it only started to get obvious that reality was maybe blurring around the halfway mark and it was only 90 minutes long so it did interest me. Splitting the two timelines along the movie means that it does hold the interest in both regards but unfortunately as the film starts to come together it doesn't gel as I had hoped. The ending is far too sudden and the film has not quite done enough with Malcolm's guilt to make it accessible to the viewer to the point that we really understand him – more dialogue between Macolm and his brother would have been one way to overcome this and I was hoping that the scene with them both in his room would produce more spark and more emotion. It still works but the material really needed to be stronger for the second half and I did feel it fell short.

One massive reason it still works though is Elba, and you can see why he took this low-budget movie made in Dumfries (Scotland) because the stage is his. Although the material doesn't give him everything he needs, he gets his delivery just right – gradually going from stable to unstable and with plenty of emotions to deliver. I enjoyed his performance a lot and I wish more films gave him the chance to show what he can do because he is a great actor. I know he is also in Thor at the moment and I hope that he can continue to get a good mix of small roles in large films and large roles in smaller films. The support cast are no slouches although they have less to do. Lie to Me's Curnen works well with Elba although she does inhabit this odd world that feels a little less real than it should in the early stages of the film. Peters is a solid presence – not sure what attracted him but he is a good find here. Walker disappointed me in terms of what he had to do – he is a good presence but the material lets him down as he is capable of more emotional range than he has here; like I said, his scene with Elba should have been so much more than it was – not just for the film's benefit but also for theirs as actors.

Overall Legacy is engaging film even if you know roughly the road it is going down. The material lets it down by not all pulling together as it should in the final third but it is still engaging thanks in the main part to a great performance from Elba, who really nails his character and convinces in every scene, whether it be torture, action or breakdown.

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