Legacy of Lies (2020) Movie Review

Director: Adrian Bol

Writer: Adrian Bol (Screenplay)

Starring: Scott Adkins, Honor Kneafset, Andrea Vasiliou, Yuliia Sobol, Tetiana Nosenko, Anna Butkevich

Plot: An ex-MI6 agent is thrown back into the world of espionage and high stakes to uncover the shocking truth about operations conducted by unknown secret services.

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Legacy of Lies starts when former MI6 agent Martin Baxter (Adkins) is trying to live a more off the grid life with his 12-year-old daughter Lisa (Kneafsey), where he fights, she bets to get them through life.

When Martin’s past comes back to him a mysterious woman Sacha (Sobol) comes to him for help and he is given 24-hours to locate her from the people who want the information she holds, bring his expert skills back from beyond.

Thoughts on Legacy of Lies

Characters – Martin Baxter is the former spy who retired from the business after his latest job, he looks to stay off the radar with his daughter, not wanting the conflict he gets drawn back towards, his past does catch up with him, as he must return to the world of undercover deals to do the right thing for the daughter of a lost friend in the field. Lisa is the daughter of Martin, a street smart 12-year-old who is willing to get involved in helping him make money, while trying to stay in with trends, she does wish to just stop, relax and start a normal life, with her pleading with her father to give this to her. Sacha is the woman that comes to Martin in need of help with her information that could bring down many different people. We have plenty of different people looking for the information Sacha has, each will have their own way to get Martin to collect the information.

PerformancesScott Adkins does continue his trend of being the highlight of his action films, while he doesn’t get as much of the hard hitting action, but in the military stances he works well. The rest of the cast do everything they need without hitting any of the memorable positions we would like to see from friend or foe.

StoryThe story here follows a former MI6 agent that find himself drawn back into the world after a stranger turns to him for help and his daughter gets taken. This story is everything you would expect from an action film, a reluctant hero returning to their strength to help a person in need, a person who can bring down people in power. It is an easy watch, it gets everything in place to make it effective, while trying to give us secrets along the way.

ActionThe action in the film comes from seeing Martin getting put in position where he will usually be outnumbered and need to use his experience to get through the situation.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to take us down a memory lane for Martin, while this would give him advantages in trying to stop the criminals.

Scene of the Movie – The bank.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The supporting characters don’t get enough menace about them.

Final Thoughts This is a by the book action film that has become Scott Adkins bread and butter, where he makes more of everything given to him.

Signature Entertainment presents Legacy of Lies on Digital HD 12th October

ABC Film Challenge – Horror – I – In Fabric (2018) Movie Review

Director: Peter Strickland

Writer: Peter Strickland (Screenplay)

Starring: Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram, Hayley Squires, Gwendoline Christie, Jaygann Ayeh

Plot: In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.

Runtime: 1 Hour 58 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Weird

Story: In Fabric starts as we meet divorced mother Sheila (Jean-Baptiste) who is seeing her son Vince (Ayeh) prepare for college with his muse Gwen (Christie) slowly taking over the house, Sheila is looking for love in the personal ads with her needing to by a brand-new dress.

Soon after wearing the dress for the first time, Sheila notices strange things happening around the house as the tensions between Shelia and Gwen continue to rise. Shelia’s life gets turned upside down, which only escalates the more she investigates the original model of the dress.

Thoughts on In Fabric

Characters – Sheila is a divorced single mother who works as a banker, she is trying to move on with her life, as her son is about to be moving on with his life, she is gets a new dress, which only starts to increase the troubles in her life. Gwen is the older woman dating Sheila’s teenage son, she is slowly taking over the house being very disturbing with the tension filled interaction with Sheila. Reg is on a stage-do which sees him get the dress to wear, he is preparing for his own wedding, starting to see his own life spiral out of control, with Babs being the wife-to-be that is still preparing the wedding.

PerformancesMarianne Jean-Baptiste is great for her part of the film, this is mainly because the film is split into two stories with eh dress, Marianne has the first one and shows the struggles she would be experiencing. When it comes to the rest of the cast, it does feel too late into the movie to get truly invested in the second set of actors story.

StoryThe story here follows two different people that come in contact with a mysterious dress that has its own abilities to ruin their lives, we are left to guess just what is causing the pain to happen and why this dress is acting the same way around people. This story is flat out weird to follow, mostly because we have two different stories that might well be connected, they are separate enough to leave us with different ideas for each family to deal with. The story doesn’t seem to give us enough answers about the dress itself and with on fleeting images of the store it came from, which only ends up leaving us feel like we could have had more from the story.

Comedy/HorrorThe comedy in the film comes from just how outside the box the idea is, while the horror comes from seeing how the dress acts and what it causes to people’s lives.

SettingsThe film tries to keep the locations down to everyday ones, be it the two homes, the store or the employment locations, it shows how the weird events of the characters lives happen without anything needing to come from outside the box.

Special EffectsThe effects are used well through the film as they show different levels of damage being caused.

Scene of the Movie – The fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not enough behind the mystery of the dress.

Final Thoughts This is a horror that can be described with one key world, weird, it is filled with strange moments that only leave us with more questions than answers.

Overall: Very Strange.