Dark Streets (2008)

Genre(s): Drama / Music
Sony || R - 84 minutes - $24.96 || June 24, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-03


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Rachel Samuels
Writer(s): Glenn M. Stewart (play); Wallace King (screenplay)
Cast: Gabrielle Mann, Bijou Phillips, Izabella Miko, Elias Koteas


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Deleted Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

Rachel Samuelsís Dark Streets, based on Glenn Stewartís play, is a film noir set against blues music of the 1950s. The film has an intriguing look and some truly catchy tunes even coming someone who is not a Blues man. But itís also at times a bit tedious and not entirely interesting when it came to the story... for the most part, though it had some bright spots.

Dark Streets is about a Chaz Davenport (Gabriel Mann), whose rich entrepreneur father had recently committed suicide. Chaz runs a hip night nightclub with gorgeous ladies dancing and singing. Meanwhile, the state is under a power problem with rolling blackouts happening on a nightly basis and people being murdered on the streets. Times are not good, but the music plays on.

At his nightclub, Chaz meets a mysterious man (Elias Koteas), a police lieutenant, who introduces Chaz to the beautiful and sultry Madelaine (Izabella Miko), a young woman with amazing singing talents. But not everything is at it seems after Chaz believes his father was actually murdered but for what reason? He also gets a package (return to sender) that was supposed to go to a woman he did not know, but someone his father seem to know intimately. Does the conspiracy perhaps rise to the governorís office where the Davenportís have butted heads with due to a contract to supply the cityís power?

Actually, Dark Streets isnít a bad movie just a tad slow to build up to a conclusion that probably makes the movie worthwhile. First, Iíve become a minor fan of Gabriel Mann mainly from his appearances in the first two Bourne movies and while I wouldnít say this is an amazing performance, I thought he did a good job, without going overboard, of portraying an obsessed young man whose good life begins to spiral out of control. Second, the singing talents of actress, and relative unknown, Izabella Miko (Coyote Ugly) is pretty much perfect being able to find a balance between being the sensual singer and the mysterious woman who sends Davenportís life into an ďAlice in WonderlandĒ tailspin.

The movie also features some effective performances out of Bijou Phillips (a real life singer who also contributes two songs), the underrated and underused Elisa Koteas (Zodiac) and Michael Fairman as Chazís uncle. The movie was also directed by Rachel Samuels, based on the play by Glenn M. Stewart (also executive producer) and adapted by Wallace King (debut).



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The DVD comes with an audio commentary with Director Rachel Samuels and Actors Gabriel Mann and Toldeo Diamond plus 11 deleted/alternate scenes (9:59). The commentary isnít anything extraordinary but they keep the conversation for the duration of the film and provide some behind-the-scenes facts about locations and such.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Dark Streets is presented in its original 1.85 aspect ratio and in anamorphic widescreen. The picture, maybe on purpose, is fairly murky with low black levels and some minor pixilation throughout. Itís not a bad looking video presentation, but thereís not much that stands out aside from a golden glow of the 1930s/40s era production design.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track isnít anything thatís outstanding but when it comes to the music, it does sound great. Dialogue levels probably couldíve been a little better but I had no problem hearing them and any ambient noise or sound effects were effective enough.



.::OVERALL::.

Dark Streets is a stylish film noir with a subpar story and just an all around forgettable flick. Fans of jazz might appreciate it more but for me, I could only mildly admire it for Gabriel Mann and the lovely Bijou Phillips.