Here’s one that didn’t slip by us during the American Black Film Festival.
You know how there is one project/film/movie that takes an actor to the next level of their craft? You can almost feel the transition. See the whole thing unfold all within the 95 minutes of the movie? You walk away saying to yourself, “Damn, I didn’t expect all that from him! Mark my words, he’s about to BLOW UP!” Get ready for that from Idris Elba in this film. You have never seen him like this before. A mentally battered Black Op’s Solider with some very personal issues he is trying to resolve in a room somewhere in Brooklyn all by himself, literally. This is one of those movies you have to watch twice to notice some of the intricate details. Watching this trailer again reminded me of just how talented this man is and the creativity of the filmmaker.
This labor of love was created by Thomas Ikimi a fellow countrymen of Elba’s. Ikimi takes you where most black filmmakers don’t… a psychological action thriller whose main character is black. His topic is unfamiliar for most of us people of color, that it actually puts a whole new twist on how you view those who are defending our country. This film made me feel heavy and drained but it keep me wanting more all the way to the end. If that was the mission of the director, he accomplished it.
Besides, having this indie out, Elba currently has a 6 week episodic drama which airs Sunday nights on BBC America; “Luther”. He plays John Luther, a sharp, über intelligent homicide detective, on the brink of a divorce, and self-destruction. The writing is stellar (Neil Cross), the acting flawless, and the theme fresh. Prepare yourself to become addicted to this series. There is one little thing that is a bit distracting to me and it’s Elba’s hair! What in the world are they doing with it? Fauxhawk? Disheveled look? Loss of…? or maybe he has another project in the works? Whatever it is, I must look past it and focus on the prize.
Make sure you support Black Films and cop your own Legacy DVD or Blu-Ray on December 28th.
BTW: Mr. Elba serves as Executive Producer on “Legacy” and Associate Producer on “Luther”. Talk about well-rounded.