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Angel of Death: Unrated & Unedited

Angel of Death

Movie
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On DVD: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
93 minutes
Did You Know?

Actor Doug Jones is no stranger to comic book adaptations. He has had roles in Hellboy, Tank Girl, Mystery Men, Batman Returns, and Monkeybone.

Eve, an assassin for hire, is seeing things, things that couldn’t possibly be real. It could be the meds she’s on or it could the ghost of a young girl she murdered during a botched hit in which Eve was stabbed in the head with a knife. With the children of the current and expiring mob boss in a power struggle to gain control of the family now is not the time for Eve to start losing her mind. The only options she has is to try and appease the ghosts that haunt her and kill anyone that poses a threat.

Award winning comic book writer Ed Brubaker created this character and storyline with stunt woman turned actress Zoe Bell in mind. Bell is probably better known as Uma Thurman’s stunt double in the Kill Bill films as well as a starring role in Tarantino’s Grindhouse contribution Death Proof. The role of Eve is perfectly suited to Bell’s skills as she kills her way through the film.

The film is focused and even by dissecting the frames into comic book panels on occasion in the film its hard for me to consider the references in the films synopsis. A Grindhouse comparison? There is only one fleeting camp moment in the whole film that I thought worked well in the genre but the film takes itself far to seriously and leaves little room for the silly less corporate feel of the Grindhouse films. Even the Kill Bill reference is a little off as the film doesn’t feel like an homage to anything and again misses the humor mark. My comparisons to the film would probably be more along the lines of Way of the Gun or The Limey. It doesn’t feel like your leading up to anything but your just enjoying the ride. There is enough substance to make this film enjoyable but only just. All the rest is pure unadulterated violence. Consider it a guilty pleasure.  

Bonus Features:
Commentray w/ Ed Brubaker and Zoe Bell
Making of Angel of Death
Writing, Ed Brubaker-Style
Casting an Angel: Zoe Bell as Eve
Zoe Bell's Screen Test
Eve's Tip for Killing
Behind the Stunts
 

AJ Garcia
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