The latest action film from stuntman-turned-director Jesse V Johnson sees a French woman Marie (Nina Bergman) team up with a ragtag group of American soldiers searching for SS Officer Herr Von Brucker's (Daniel Bernhardt) Nazi loot at the height of World War II in 1944 in Hell Hath No Fury.
After luring Von Brucker into a resistance trap in order to help the allies effort, Marie is turned on by her fellow countryman and branded a Nazi cohort and is publicly shaven and is left with a swastika on her forehead. In order to escape, she cuts a deal with Major Maitland (Louis Mandylor) and his squad and tells them she knows where a plethora of gold is hidden. However, the deal doesn't go down smoothly as greed begins to take hold in a three way mind game of ambushes and deceit.
War films are always an interesting story to tell on screen because primarily you normally have to have a hero or group of people that you fully support that usually falls on the side of the allies. However, with Hell Hath No Fury, although Bergman's brilliant central performance commands the "hero" moniker, even the character of Marie isn't all that perfect in her motives.
The film is mostly set in one location of a cemetery which allows the tension of this surprising character piece to grow throughout the 94 minute runtime.
Although far from perfect, this independent feature is tight in its choreography during the heated action scenes with great practical effects (blood squibs a plenty) and thanks to a strong central performance manages to get through the moments that would otherwise lack a punch. A solid ensemble cast of characters makes this a decent although flawed character-based action flick.
Hell Hath No Fury is out on demand now.