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Streets Of Legend


Picture: C+     Sound: B-     Extras: C     Feature: C



Shot “in the streets where illegal racing” goers on, the narrative feature Streets Of Legend was taped, supposedly exposing the secret lives and world of the people out on the edge.  Joey Curtis directs this exercise in exposing the dark underbelly of this world and I did not believe what I saw for one minute.  Though the acting from the cast was sincere, the script by Curtis never adds up or synergises into what is intended.  Instead, we get vignettes that work, trapped within a feature that fails with sloppy form and an unrealism that undercuts anything that could develop into a good viewing.  That’s a shame, because a good film on this subject that is not infantilized or full of @#!$% has yet to be made or seen.  Even the car stunts are not enough to carry it.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1/16 X 9 image was shot digitally and Derek Cianfrance’s videography is a mix of some good shots and too many clichéd ones.  Instead of capturing the excitement of fast cars with the drama, it lands up too often looking like an episode of Cops, a cable special on illegal racing, an educational program and bad Music Video mushed up into a visual mess.  The chance to do something more streetwise and smart than Renny Harlin’s awful Driven or those lame Fast/Furious films, this just perpetuates the same tired cycle.  Two Lane Blacktop this ain’t.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is the highlight, though nothing extraordinary.  The music did little for me, but the Dolby 2.0 mix with Pro Logic surrounds is not as good.  Extras include trailers and four featurettes that are no more or less interesting than the feature.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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