Streets of Legend

on November 25, 2005 by Annlee Ellingson
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In what was surely meant to be a bold experiment in video, “Streets of Legend" (formerly "Quattro Noza)” instead suffers for it -- the visual trickery, at the expense of basic storytelling, resulting in sensory overload.

From what can be gathered, the plot, set in the L.A. underworld of illegal street racing, centers around a love triangle. Caught cheating on a drug test by his probation officer, Chato (Victor Larios) is sent back behind bars. His love letters to his girlfriend Noza (Brihanna Hernandez, shot lovingly in extreme close-up) have little effect once she discovers that he's cheated on her with her best friend, and she seeks comfort in the arms of Quattro (Robert Beaumont), an Anglo with a hot rod. The budding romance can only end badly when Chato escapes prison to be with her.

No, it's not a tale for which one needs nearly two hours to tell, but interspersed are several aptly named drag races, completely devoid of dramatic substance, that are seemingly inserted into the script solely to show off helmer Joey Curtis' experiments with high-definition video. To his credit, the cars are creatively shot -- with the camera positioned inside, alongside and on the hood of the vehicles -- to great effect, and techniques such as slow motion, split screen, distorted picture, blurred headlights, superimpositions, negative images and intentional flaws (the flare from reflected light), are visually engaging. But ultimately it's just too much, and one gets the sense that that is all this film has to offer. Starring Brihanna Hernandez, Victor Larios, Robert Beaumont, Greg Leone, Albert Hernandez and Gary Brockette. Directed by Joey Curtis. Written by Joey Curtis and Albert Hernandez. Produced by Fredric King. A Lions Gate release. Action/Drama. Rated R for pervasive language, some violence, sexuality and drug use. Running time: 116 min

Tags: tarring Brihanna Hernandez, Victor Larios, Robert Beaumont, Greg Leone, Albert Hernandez and Gary Brockette. Directed by Joey Curtis. Written by Joey Curtis, Albert Hernandez, Produced by Fredric King, Lions Gate, Action, Drama
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