Primarily following three British men, 100 Streets tells a handful of stories providing a slice-of-life dramatic insight into three different social structures within a small section of London. The movie features some great actors and the stories had great thought-provoking ideals. But I was underwhelmed overall and probably would not recommend it highly.
Featured in the movie are a rugby superstar dealing with relationship troubles as well as a drug problem, a cab driver living a happy life until one moment of distraction, and a young gangster trying to escape the criminal lifestyle. All three are dealing with their personal hard times and trying to improve and/or live their lives the best they can. These stories are told simultaneously but never really cross/connect aside from a couple quick passes.
I think that is part of why I was underwhelmed. I watched the movie and tried to enjoy it, but in the back of my mind I kept wondering if there was going to be some twist that brings all the stories together, like the pilot for This Is Us (just as a recent example) or the movie Playing By Heart (among many other fine examples). And there was no real connection that I caught onto. In fairness, I may have dozed off while watching the movie (twice), so I could have missed something (little tip: do not try to watch this late at night). Still, it seemed like the only commonality was the city in which they lived.
Now, that was a highlight for me. Ever since I developed an obsession with Doctor Who, I have been fascinated by all things British. Not only was 100 Streets set in and filmed in various locations around London, but it features several top notch actors, including Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, Thor, Star Trek), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Ryan Gage (Hamlet, The Musketeers), Charlie Creed-Miles (The Fifth Element, Five Days), and Franz Drameh (Attack the Block, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow). All of them played their characters fairly well and other viewers may find them interesting or even connect with one or more of them; unfortunately, I did not, but I did feel some of the emotional roller coaster that they go through.
Check it out if you like. It may not be something that changes your life (based on the stories, I get the feeling that was a partial goal of the filmmakers, along with a BAFTA maybe), but it might entertain you for about 90 minutes and/or give you something to think about. To be perfectly honest, if it wasn’t for the fact that I enjoy DCs Legends of Tomorrow (and the whole Arrowverse), I would probably forget this movie exists as soon as I finish this review. I occasionally look back at the reviews I have written and am amazed at the movies I have watched and forgotten; even great movies that I loved.
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