If your requirements for action entertainment go no further than the use of practical effects and stunt work, Hell Hath No Fury will satisfy that. If you demand interesting characters portrayed by capable actors delivering compelling dialogue, best look elsewhere. While there is a somewhat interesting set-up for this clear Quentin Tarantino rip-off, the execution is flawed. Beyond flawed, the narrative feels lazy, almost just as excuse for the mediocre action violence.
After being caught with a German soldier during World War II, French national Marie DuJardin (Nina Bergman) is branded a traitor and imprisoned until she reveals knowledge of a buried Nazi treasure. A group of American soldiers led by Major Maitland (Louis Mandylor) follow DuJardin’s directions to a small French cemetery she claims contains hidden gold stolen from the Third Reich. What they don’t realize is that DuJardin has allies waiting at the cemetery, and that she is more than a simple traitor.
Hell Hath No Fury suggests complicated twists and betrayals, but it is really just a predictable story structure serving as the vessel for action sequences. Looking past how poor filmmaking tends to be when the director is only secondarily interested in narrative, Hell Hath No Fury doesn’t have action impressive enough to make it memorable.
There are a lot of squibs used, but that can’t make up for how bland the action sequences containing them are. It is difficult to care about the characters, mostly because not enough backstory is given for most of them, so it matters little when one dies. It is even worse when they die in an uninteresting fashion, with subpar fight choreography and cinematography.
The Blu-ray release for Hell Hath No Fury is as unimpressive as the film itself. There aren’t any special features to speak of other than a French dubbing for the film. There is a high-definition presentation of the slow-motion action, though it really isn’t worth enhancing.
Entertainment Value: 5/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 4/10
Historical Significance: 1/10
Special Features: 0/10