Saturday, April 24, 2010

No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson

In 1993, the top high school athlete in basketball and football was involved in a bowling alley brawl in Hampton, Virginia that would ignite a national racial controversy and severely divide a community. Allen Iverson's story is brought to the small screen by Hoop Dreams director and fellow Hamptonian Steve James, who provides interviews with those involved with the incident and subsequent trial while also displaying a history of his hometown. This entry in the 30 for 39 series does not follow the same format of the other films, and is extremely riveting for the first half. The second half is not bad, but suffers when it runs out of material and turns to speculation of the interviewees. Despite your view of the extremely divisive A.I., No Crossover is an almost entirely engaging documentary.