Writer-director Tyson Wade Johnston isn’t reinventing the wheel with Streamline, but it’s one hell of a ride.
Ben is on the cusp of the Olympics. The 15-year-old is an elite swimmer at the top of his game. But as he enters the defining time of his life, the return of his ex-convict father threatens everything.
A film about holding your own through adversity and finding your path, it’s a moody, intense drama that will leave you breathless.
Levi Miller is fantastic as Ben, and the supporting turns from Laura Gordin, Tasia Zalar, Robert Morgan and Jake Ryan are all fantastic.
What makes it all the better is Jason Isaacs as a father trying to rebuild his relationship with his kids, despite the horrific things he’s done.
With this and Mass, Isaacs has proven he’s got dramatic chops beyond what he’s shown in supporting turns or as Lucius Malfoy in Harry Potter.
But in the end, this all rides on Miller, who brings it home in spades. Streamline isn’t anything new, but it’s incredibly polished and elegant in the way it takes its laps.