Intent To Kill

  • 1993
  • 1 HR 33 MIN
  • NC-17
  • Crime, Thriller

An exceptionally high nastiness quotient distinguishes this Traci Lords vehicle, which features gang rape, malicious threats against hookers, and sexual harassment in a sweat shop as window dressing for a story about a vicious drug dealer and the cop determined to stop him. Hot on the trail of drug lord Salvador (Angelo Tiffe), decoy cop Vicki (Traci...read more

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An exceptionally high nastiness quotient distinguishes this Traci Lords vehicle, which features gang rape, malicious threats against hookers, and sexual harassment in a sweat shop as window dressing for a story about a vicious drug dealer and the cop determined to stop him.

Hot on the trail of drug lord Salvador (Angelo Tiffe), decoy cop Vicki (Traci Lords), undercover as a hooker, trails him right to his limo. Although Salvador and his henchmen escape after tossing Vicki into heavy traffic, the cops confiscate $50 million worth of narcotics belonging to Sal's

boss, the Mooch (Vinnie Curto). Vicki is taken off this plum detail by her superior (Yaphet Kotto). While she deals with her latest career ignominy, Vicki also questions her relationship with Al (Scott Patterson), a vigilante cop with a roving eye.

Meanwhile, chaos rules the drug trade, as Salvador saves his own skin by ripping off other dealers to pay back the Mooch. Vicki is reassigned to the top priority case, dumps philandering Al, and tests the dating waters with new partner Tom (Michael Foley). Egged on by his hopped-up lover Mia

(Elena Sahagun), Salvador steals back his dope from the police station in a bloody siege. Vicki closes in on the coldblooded narcotics kingpin, who rubs out the Mooch at a card game and becomes Numero Uno in the drug underworld. Unwittingly, Mia leads Vicki right to Salvador's hangout, and after a

shoot-out in which Al is killed, Vicki pursues Salvador by car until there's a smash-up, then blasts him to kingdom come.

The action comes fast and furious in this programmer about a lady cop with a temper to match any man's. But the sweaty sexual ambience, incessant profanity, and the general humiliation of women becomes overwhelming by the finale. Although Vicki is written with believable human flaws, Lords

delivers a one-note performance; all she can do is register anger, or to be more precise, pique. Ostensibly, the seamier side of sex crimes is displayed here to establish Vicki as a positive role model who enforces women's rights. Instead, the film's leering tone suggests the moviemakers are

actually salivating over an excuse to exploit women; the film's real raison d'etre is to ogle Lords, who looks alluring in and out of uniform. The film's gunplay, donnybrooks, and car chases are well staged, but they can only sporadically energize a slapdash screenplay. Flat direction, flimsy

structuring of the story's main events, and amateurish acting by the key villains--who seem to have taken much too seriously the phony Latino accents in CARLITO'S WAY--all add up to a below-par precinct adventure. (Extensive profanity, graphic violence, extensive nudity, substance abuse.)

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