“Hell Hath No Fury” as a World War II ambush; exclusive interview with director Jesse V. Johnson

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Hell has no fury comes at you like a freight train with action, mystery, intrigue and realistic portrayals of those who lived through World War II. Jesse V. Johnson’s direction is sharp, crisp and focused, making for an interesting adventure to pursue with him in the driver’s seat. We find period-accurate uniforms, vehicles, weapons, and tactics throughout the film that bring the audience into the reality of the characters. We even come across French partisans ambushing Nazis in the film. Long live the resistance !

Connection: Hell Hath No Fury is the story of a woman who faces alone the power of the German war machine, the French resistance and a band of American infantrymen. Labeled a traitor by her compatriots, French national Marie DuJardin (Nina Bergman) is rescued by American soldiers on one condition: to survive, she must lead them to a cache of gold, before the Nazis return to claim it for them. themselves.

The movie was directed by Jesse V. Johnson and features a powerful cast that includes Nina Bergman, Daniel Bernhard (The Matrix Reloaded, John Wick, Atomic Blonde), Louis Mandylor (The debt collector, My Fat Greek Wedding I and II), Timothy V. Murphy (snowdrops, Sons of Anarchy), former Foreign Legion special forces soldier and knife technician Dominique Vandenberg (Triple Threat, The mercenaryby Martin Scorsese New York Gangs) and Josef Canon (University of Helsing).

Nina Bergman in Hell has no fury. Photo courtesy of Leif Helland.

Nina Bergman’s performance as Marie keeps us captivated as she enjoys her strategic date with our SS officer, Mr. Bernhardt, known as Von Bruckner. Bergman keeps us focused on the screen as we watch his internal thoughts unfold throughout the project. We see a range of beautiful emotions on her face as she encounters love, betrayal, depression, surprise, and life-threatening situations. Bernhardt brings a charm reminiscent of Connery’s Bond, which is saying a lot, but Bernhardt’s performance is oddly deadly, menacing, a bit creepy and sympathetic all at the same time. His sadism is unparalleled. He would be a formidable enemy for Indiana Jones if the opportunity ever presented itself. The German uniforms, equipment and weapons are impressive, showing a level of authenticity and detail rarely seen in WWII independent projects. Bernhardt’s costume lends even more credence to his evil and relentless ways.

Daniel Bernhardt (left) in the film as Von Bruckner, a Nazi SS officer. Photo courtesy of Leif Helland.

Four GIs show up with Mary at a cemetery where there is buried gold to take. The cemetery is guarded by two Frenchmen played by Joseph Fathy as George and Dominquie Vandenberg as Clément who catches the GIs off guard. The Frenchies dug tunnels throughout the cemetery which are used to flank American and German enemies. Mary doesn’t remember where she hid the cursed gold in the graveyard and this upsets the GIs because they believe she is lying. She continues to weave her web even with the Americans as her survival is king. Frenchies aren’t exactly what they seem either, which will only be for viewers. Hey hey hey.

Louis Mandylor (left) as Major Maitland, Nina Bergman (center) as Marie, Luke LaFontaine as Chris, and Timothy V. Murphy as Jerry. Photo courtesy of Leif Helland.

Cool cinematic shots are used in these tunnel sequences that capture the claustrophobic feeling of escaping certain death only to find it potentially just outside your tube exit to ‘safety’. The cemetery offers a litany of wonderful gunfight footage using graves as parades amidst rounds of Thompson submachine gun fire, a confiscated MP 44, the venerable M1911 .45, and a host of authentic German firearms. Concrete, bullets, explosives, dust, Nazis and even GIs fly in chaos with soldiers on both sides dodging shells and certain death for as long as possible. There are some shots here reminiscent of Sam Peckinpaugh and Mr. Johnson knows his cinematic and definitive shootout sequences to build on.

Nina Bergman as Marie during a French Resistance ambush. Photo courtesy of Leif Helland.

All in all, you’ll get a strong action war movie with heart and a unique story not seen in theaters for a while. where eagles dare and Kelly’s heroes come to mind when seeing the drama on screen, if only Telly Savalas and/or Richard Burton were still alive to see it, they’d be smiling. After careful consideration of filming in light of the pandemic as well as engaging performances and the ability to find such artifacts to properly represent WWII on screen, Hell has no fury gets a solid group of red stars out of four and a solid recommendation to see the film. Come and see drama reminiscent of classic Hollywood storytelling with heroes, villains and evil Nazis getting exactly what they deserve.

It is streamed on Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Redbox, AMC on Demand for download or rental on Apple iTunes, Vudu, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Redbox, AMC on Demand, DIRECTV, Spectrum On- Online request. The film is also available on DVD and Blu-Ray now! Check out the video interview on YouTube here:

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