Ed Brubaker's Angel of Death Reviews
It's not a bad way to kill an hour and change, but it's not going to essential viewing to anyone.
The film's strength lies in stunt woman-turned-actress Zoe Bell and her excellent physical stature. Because of her background as a stunt woman, she delivers some very believable choreography; aided with director Paul Etheredge's comic book-style editing. I know it's all been done before with Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill series and even his Death Proof mini-film, in which Bell is also featured, but having an extra Grindhouse-like B-style film is always a good thing. The gritty ambiance that surrounds Angel Of Death is really impressive, considering it's low-budget salary and somewhat unknown cast, minus Lucy Lawless and Ted Raimi (younger brother of famed director Sam Raimi); who has a few seconds of screen-time.
In all honesty, Angel Of Death should have been given more exposure. While maybe having some miscalculations in dialogue, the film offers some class footwork that could have stood toe-to-toe with other films of its kind. Comic book writer Ed Brubaker, who is famed for his skills in the series Captain America, draws up a nice script, even though his characters are a bit one-dimensional. But, we're not expecting anything profound with a film such as this, just the carnage that ensues from it's leads.
Suprisingly decent performance from stuntwoman-turned-actress Zoe Bel. Her only other performance of note was a supporting role in Quentin Tarantino's "Death Proof", in which she didn't come off as believable.