When I was invited to the press screening for this film I have to admit I thought to myself is this one of these typical Cliche “gang” films. However upon watching it I found myself re-evaluating my initial thinking and realising that it was harsh to even say that. We don’t tend to make these generalisations when the latest slave film or romantic comedy comes out we just tend to take them at face value. So I recommend anyone watching the Intent to do just that and you will quickly realise its a pulsating thriller that documents a life that many young men from the streets of London face when they are fuelled by the desire/pressure to make quick money and thus enticed into serious crime.
The Intent tells the story of an undercover police officer assigned by Metropolitan Police unit, Trident to bring a notorious gang of robbers and drug traffickers to justice. As the officer becomes entangled in a web of gang culture and lies, will they have “The Intent” to abide by their oath to the force or succumb to the pressure and remain loyal to their crew?
The film sees Gunz, played by the critically-acclaimed Birmingham actor Dylan Duffus , thrust into a world of danger and excitement when he joins the TIC crew, led by the ruthless and notorious Hoodz, who is played by renowned UK grime artist and actor,Scorcher . The crew, which also includes Mitch, played by Femi Oyeniran and D’Angel, played by Shone Romulus , go from low-level weed peddling to full on armed robberies within a fortnight. As their newfound infamy affords them a glamorous life of guns, drugs and girls, they soon catch the unwanted attention of the police and a rival gang. To make matters worst they also have to deal with being infiltrated by an undercover police officer.
The film also features a number of leading UK artists, including successful hip hop duo, Krept and Konan, and Fekky. Other actors include Ashley Chin, Jade Asha and Sarah Akokhia
This Intent is fast from the beginning and you soon get a gist of how far the TIC crew are willing to take there new found criminal venture. They dynamics among the crew are fascinating as the grow in notoriety and wealth. Suspicion, mistrust and in Mitch’s case God play a huge part in the crews fortunes. Unsurprisingly the TIC crew are making enough noise and enemies to bring them to attention to a rival crew the clappers led by G Money played by the talented Ashley Chin who watch on with envy plotting how to bring them down which sets up a pulsating finish.
There are a lot of strong performances in the film particularly from Dylan Duffus who plays Gunz but the one who stood out form me was Scorcher as Hoodz. I’m not even sure if you can call him a rapper turned actor anymore. He looks the complete actor to me and is very comfortable in his character. It will be interesting to see if he dedicates more of his time to acting as opposed to music as I think there is a potential for a huge star in Scorcher on the big screen.
The Intent is unique film for the UK because the British film industry has never had a film of this nature hit the big screen. There has been great films like Adulthood , Kidulthood and Bulletboy etc but in terms of a gritty street tale I don’t recall ever seeing one. So Kudos to Nicky Campbell, Femi Oyeniran and Purple Geko Media for bringing to the big screen its certainly worth a watch.
The Intent is set for a theatrical and multiplatform release on Friday 29th July. A full list of the cinemas where the film is showing is available here: https://www.ourscreen.com/film/the-intent/
Ben Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)