Jim O’Hanlon’s 100 Streets is a mostly engaging drama. Some of the film’s narrative strands work better than others.
Max is trying to win back estranged wife Emily. George is trying to make everything perfect for his wife. Kingsley is growing tired of the antics of his teenage compatriots. All these stories take place in the London neighbourhood of Battersea…
Directed by Jim O’Hanlon with a screenplay by Leon Butler, 100 Streets is a multi-strand drama that takes place in one area of London. The film focuses on three main strands, with overlap with varying characters. Although the stories entwine to a certain extent, each strand has its individual story to tell.
There seems to be a clear distinction between each of the three strands in 100 Streets. The clearest divide can be seen in the class of strand protagonist. Max and Emily represent the wealthiest of the area, and Kingsley the most deprived. George and his wife fall some way in between, although how a cab driver and a cleaner afford such a property in that area is questionable. What also distinguishes each strand is the different stage of life each protagonist is at.
Max’s descent is plausible at first, but too quick to jump from a little messy to utterly chaotic. George’s story is earnest, if a little weak. Kingsley’s story becomes more formulaic as it continues. His dilemma at the climax of the film is quite a predictable conclusion to the strand.
Performances in the film are decent. Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton are believable as the estranged Max and Emily. Charlie Creed-Miles does a good job; it is shame he isn’t given a meatier role. Franz Drameh is well cast as Kingsley.
100 Streets boasts a good cast, it is just a shame that the action does not unfold in a more compelling manner. There seems as if there are good stories to tell in such a format, but none of the strands quite make the cut.
100 Streets is out on DVD on 23rd January 2017.