HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Down a Dark Hall
Mixed Blood
4D Special Agents
Helldriver
One Hour to Zero
Battle of Billy's Pond, The
Terror in Beverly Hills
Zoo Robbery, The
Anoop and the Elephant
Adrift
Never a Dull Moment
McQueen
Ugly Duckling, The
Apostle
Distant Voices, Still Lives
Hereditary
Cup Fever
Peril for the Guy
3 Days in Quiberon
Club, The
Best F(r)iends: Volume 1
Pili
Suspect, The
Baxter!
Dead Night
Thoroughbreds
Ghost and the Darkness, The
Strike Commando
Molly
Full Alert
   
 
Newest Articles
You Know, For Kids: Children's Film Foundation Bumper Box
If He Were a Carpenter and It Was the 80s: The Fog, Prince of Darkness and They Live
Tee-Hee, It's 80s Sci-Fi Horror: Night of the Comet, The Stuff and Night of the Creeps
Chance of a Ghost: The Uninvited and The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
3 Simian Slashers: Phenomena, Link and Monkey Shines
When is a Jackie Chan Movie Not a Jackie Chan Movie? Armour of God and City Hunter
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 2
Anytime Anywhere: The Complete Goodies at the BBC Episode Guide Part 1
I-Spy Scotland: The Thirty Nine Steps and Eye of the Needle
Manor On Movies--Black Shampoo--three three three films in one
Manor On Movies--Invasion USA
Time Trap: Last Year in Marienbad and La Jetée
Gaining Three Stone: Salvador, Natural Born Killers and Savages
Right Said Bernard: Cribbins on DVD
1969: The Year Westerns Couldn't Get Past
   
 
  Intent to Kill Cop a load of thatBuy this film here.
Year: 1992
Director: Charles T. Kanganis
Stars: Traci Lords, Scott Patterson, Yaphet Kotto, Angelo Tiffe, Luis A. Perez, Sabrina Ferrand, Michael M. Foley, Sam Travolta, Vinnie Curto, Elena Sahagun, Kevin Benton, Darryl Moore, Billy Bastiani
Genre: Sex, Action, Thriller, Trash
Rating:  7 (from 1 vote)
Review: Gorgeous, pouting policewoman Vickie Stewart (Traci Lords) goes undercover as a leather-clad hooker to entrap a couple of cocaine kingpins called Salvador (Angelo Tiffe) and Pablo (Luis A. Perez). In an explosive shootout Vickie guns down dozens of deadly henchmen but her two main targets manage to escape. Before long, Salvador and Pablo begin rising through the ranks of the city’s criminal heirarchy by brutally eliminating the competition. Meanwhile, Vickie has her hands full beating up rapists, intervening in a restaurant robbery, interrogating an imprisoned informant and coping with her haplessly horny cop boyfriend Al (Scott Patterson, who went on to star in sugary TV drama Gilmore Girls) who just can’t keep it in his pants.

Reteaming with writer-director Charles T. Kanganis, former porn queen Traci Lords continued her new career phase as a DTV action heroine. Whereas A Time to Die (1991) had Traci as a resourceful damsel in distress, Intent to Kill pulled no punches and cast her as a kind of Dirty Harriet, the proverbial loose cannon cop who shoots first, asks questions later and literally drives her superior to drink. Of course Traci was rather too glamorous to be entirely believable as a cop. Kanganis did not exactly downplay her sex goddess image either kicking off with a steamy montage wherein a lingerie-clad Vickie applies lipstick, slips a gun under her garter belt and squeezes her breasts (for no good reason) and thereafter contrived outrageous reasons for her to don increasingly provocative outfits before beating the, perhaps understandably, aroused bad guys to a bloody pulp. Nevertheless, she is surprisingly convincing and charismatic as a gun-toting badass action babe, bringing a welcome energy and intensity to her scenes. It is actually quite fun to watch tiny Traci blast bad guys with a .44 handgun twice her size or beat up a gang of rapists. Okay, it ain’t exactly subtle but the film does have a pleasing feminist subtext as Vickie steps in to defend Maria (Sabrina Ferrand), a poor working class Latina rape victim whose pleas are ignored by sexist cops.

Despite a meandering narrative this is livelier and better paced than its predecessor with a flashy MTV style that is fairly striking. Kanganis and cinematographer Ken Blakey work wonders with a low budget and the result ranks among the best looking B-movies of the Nineties. Like Lords’ previous action outing this boasts a glossy neon-lit look and skillful action sequences but amps up the spectacular car stunts and cod-John Woo slow-motion shootouts. Kanganis also has a knack for idiosyncratic plots. Intent to Kill somehow melds maverick cop action with strangely earnest chick flick drama. Vickie is torn between waging a one-woman war on crime and problems with wayward lover Al whose roving eye leads him to flirt with the bikini babe next door along with every other glamorous woman that breezes through the movie. After catching Al in bed with another woman, Vickie moves in with Maria and is courted by muscular kick-boxing cop Tom (Michael M. Foley). Despite training scenes that drag on forever, Tom proves a hilariously ineffectual love interest. When armed robbers gatecrash their first date, it is Vicky who blows them away while Tom just stands there (“Hey, I didn’t bring my gun, okay? I thought we were just going to dinner!”).

As was the case with many more mainstream action movies made around this time the posturing Hispanic gangsters are ridiculously cartoonish graduates from the Tony Montana school of coke-fuelled over-emoting. Meanwhile Yaphet Kotto usurps Richard Roundtree in the stock role of hot-tempered African-American police chief. His combustible confrontations with Traci Lords are oddly reminiscent of a high school principal scolding a delinquent cheerleader although their paternal relationship is fairly engaging.

Reviewer: Andrew Pragasam

 

This review has been viewed 1293 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Who's the best?
Steven Seagal
Pam Grier
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Alexander Taylor
Paul Shrimpton
Andrew Pragasam
Stately Wayne Manor
  Patrick Keenan
Enoch Sneed
   

 

Last Updated: