Dir: Jim O’Hanlon 1hr 33mins (15)
Undercooked drama with Idris Elba A young drug dealer (Franz Drameh) dreams of being an actor. A taxi driver (Charlie Creed-Miles) finds his life turned upside down by an accident. A former rugby star (Idris Elba) sees his marriage hit the rocks when his long-suffering wife (Gemma Arterton) learns he has been having an affair. These are the main plot strands of 100 Streets, said Robbie Collin in The Daily Telegraph, the debut feature of TV director Jim O’Hanlon. Set within a square mile in Battersea, it aspires to be a social tapestry of the kind Robert Altman used to make. That’s “all well and good”, but it leads you to expect the storylines should intertwine in ways more interesting than having the characters “occasionally stroll past each other in the street”. From cocaine binges to emotional meltdowns, 100 Streets gives us “a rich spread of melodrama”, said James Dyer in Empire. Yet none of the main characters gets enough screen time to seem more than two-dimensional. Even the charismatic Elba and talented Arterton feel “cramped”, agreed Brian Viner in the Daily Mail. This “watchable” movie is better suited to the small screen.