100 Streets

Dir: Jim O’Han­lon 1hr 33mins (15)

The Week Middle East - - Arts -

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.

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