100 Streets

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100 Streets

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100 Streets.  Rating:  3 (out of 5).  Three people with three extraordinary stories within a hundred streets of London. The movie premieres on VOD on Friday, January 13. Variety says, “While the film initially exercises commendable restraint in braiding its separate narratives, its second half grows increasingly reliant on pat connections and coincidences.”

Starring: Gemma Arterton, Idris Elba, Ryan Gage
Director: Jim O’Hanlon
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama

 

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Variety says, “While the film initially exercises commendable restraint in braiding its separate narratives, its second half grows increasingly reliant on pat connections and coincidences.”

The Guardian thinks, “The complete jigsaw doesn’t fit together, hampered by plot implausibilities and unrealities.”

The Telegraph finds, “Intertwining, Altman-esque social tapestries are all well and good, but the connections between characters should ideally run a little deeper than having them occasionally stroll past each other in the street.”

The Sun gives the movie 3 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “FOCUSING on a square mile in London and its various inhabitants, 100 streets could have been pretty basic stuff, but manages to punch well above its weight.”

Daily Express says, “The cast perform strongly, especially the charismatic Drameh and Charlie Creed-Miles as a cabbie trying to adopt a child, but the material lets them down; a melodramatic climax is particularly embarrassing.”

The Observer thinks, “A solid cast can’t save this soapy three-stranded London drama. Glossy but resolutely small screen in its approach, this is a superficial piece of storytelling.”

Independent gives the film 2 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “The connections between the characters often seem very tenuous and their behaviour can be hard to fathom. The lachrymose music doesn’t help either.”

Times finds, “100 Streets stars Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton, leading one to hope that this drama set in a square mile of Battersea might be gripping. Instead the film feels like a slice of a soap opera, dredging up every London cliché.”

Daily Mail observes, “Such is Elba’s charisma, and Arterton’s virtuosity, that it’s a domestic melodrama which could easily have carried the whole film. But it isn’t allowed to, and duly feels cramped, because we must also keep up with George (Charlie Creed-Miles), a cabbie hoping to adopt a baby with wife Kathy (Kierston Wareing), until a fatal traffic accident ruins everything.”

Empire Online writes, “Covering alcoholism, manslaughter, infidelity and petty crime, there’s a rich spread of melodrama on offer, but none of the tales have meat enough to satisfy alone. Together, though, they form a varied backdrop to showcase some respectable character work.”

Time Out London observes, “The strands don’t so much intersect as float into each other’s peripheries to basically inconsequential effect, despite attempts to tie them together.”

Total Film thinks, “It’s not Altman, but its heart is in the right place and Drameh impresses.”

MovieMail says, “Yes, it goes awry late on, undoing much of its earlier, smarter stitching, but 100 Streets emerges as one of those flawed yet promising debuts that encourages critics to retain its creators’ names for future reference. O’Hanlon and Butler give claiming these thoroughfares their best shot – next time, they just need to figure out what to do come the home straight.”

Contactmusic.com gives the movie 2.5 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “A multi-strand drama set in London, this film is very nicely shot and acted, but the simplistic script makes it difficult to properly engage with.”

Sky Movies finds, “After bit parts in Attack The Block and Edge Of Tomorrow, Drameh steps up to lead performer with a performance oozing both confidence and charisma. That Kingsley’s story is wrapped up rather too neatly is not his fault.”

RadioTimes observes, “Leon Butler’s script veers awkwardly off-course in the last half-hour, however, with Elba in particular ill-served by a shouty role that rather illustrates the actor’s limitations. Still, the prior good work isn’t entirely undone, and young Drameh projects sensitivity and intelligence to suggest he’s a talent to watch.”

HeyUGuys gives the movie 2 out of 5 stars, and further writes, “More subtlety is required, as this annoying urge to tie up all loose ends makes for a distinctly cold conclusion, and one that sadly undoes much of the good work achieved in the opening act.”

 

 

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