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Original Intent (1992)

PG | | Drama | Video 13 May 1992
A lawyer accepts to defend a homeless shelter from a forced eviction by a corporation. His hard work starts taking a serious toll on his family.

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A lawyer accepts to defend a homeless shelter from a forced eviction by a corporation. His hard work starts taking a serious toll on his family.

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It might be a Christian propaganda film, but it's not all bad
4 July 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

ORIGINAL INTENT, a straight-to-video drama from 1992, might be a Christian propaganda film but it's not all bad. The story is straightforward enough, as a crusading lawyer joins forces with the owners of a homeless shelter who are currently battling the legal demands of a developer intent on razing the place to the ground and building expensive apartments in its stead.

Where this film shines is in the moral dilemmas it sets out to the characters. It turns out that the protagonist's wife actually works for the guy who's planning to build the redevelopment, so there's a conflict of interests between the two and one which quickly bubbles over into their marriage. Meanwhile, other characters get bogged down in the legalities of it all, and there are cheesy songs on the soundtrack and an expectedly heartwarming ending.

The cast boast performances from a typically gruff Kris Kristofferson, a cameo from Martin Sheen, and a nice role for Robert DoQui, a favourite of mine for his performance as the tough chief of police in ROBOCOP. Everything plays out here exactly as you'd expect, but ORIGINAL INTENT is surprisingly well made and engaging for what it is.


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