Directed by: Yuri Alves
Written by: Yuri Alves
Genre: Drama, Crime
Length: 8 minutes
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Strength. Wits. The power of the mind and body. These are traits that come in handy for almost given situation or life. Be it the life on the streets - or the ability to inspire. Take Robert Wilmote for example. Removed from one war and plopped firmly within another. Not intentionally, but like so many before and after, trying to live the dream can end up being a nightmarish experience. You have to be the boss. You have to own every room you enter, and every situation you find yourself in. That's how you survive. That's what they've always said. "Grind" shows us there is something else. Something better around the corner. All those traits that can benefit a life of crime, can also fuel a life of success. In oneself and others. After spending three plus years in the clink, Wilmote not only turned his life around, but also works to do-so for others. Can there be anything more inspiring? Through fitness and training, Wilmote promotes a higher self esteem and a sense of right to anyone who will listen. Given his natural abilities and the traits listed above, he's a perfect teacher, mentor and friend. "Grind" is a quick trip down memory lane and future possibilities. The journey to where he is today, and believe me, it's not all roses. It's hard work.
"Grind" ain't no fiction and this short film ain't all suckers and cotton candy. There's some real attitude here. From the opening segments we know just what Alves is driving at. Wilmote was the thug you avoided when walking down the street at night. He was the man you didn't want to have asking directions. This makes his quick, because this film is so short, transformation all the more entertaining. It also makes you really want to root for him. I couldn't help but wonder however, if maybe his early life was needed to become who is is today. Without the dark there could be no light, and without the life and hardships, the battles and jail time, would there really be enough to pull from? Would there be enough grit and tenacity to inspire others? It's a tough question. I would argue that the tough life crafted Wilmote. That it was needed, the plan of God. I'm sure I can't be alone with this train of thought, otherwise what would be the point in featuring it at all? Would "Grind" be as good without the early flashbacks? Would Wilmote himself? That's something you will have to ask yourself after watching, but I suspect most answers would be the same.
I can only speak for myself when I say this was an uplifting journey. All in the span of a quarter hour. There's a lot packed into these few short minutes but even so, it flies by. This is a story I don't consider finished. An ongoing battle. You don't need to be into weights and fitness to enjoy what "Grind" has to offer. It's old school flash and sizzle. Something cool to watch. I would recommend keeping up with the story and joining their Facebook page. The short film itself? Top notch work through and through. Virtual thumbs up.