Less than five minutes into "Legacy," a nervous commando says, "I've got a bad feeling about this" … and here come the conspiracies, betrayals and torture. But, aspiring for psychological drama rather than action movie, the film takes itself far too seriously.
Idris Elba plays Malcolm Gray, who, if we can believe anything we're told, is a black-ops assassin who does really, really terrible things. A mission goes wrong (betrayal!), he's captured and tortured (told you). Later, shattered Gray is holed up in a hotel room, drinking gin and muttering to himself — never a jolly time, a trained killer in that state. Meanwhile, his brother, a senator who made his name preventing a major terrorist attack and also happened to authorize Gray's wet work, prepares to run for president (conspiracy!).