Angel of Death
Zoe Bell started her career in television by throwing herself out of cars, taking hits on Hercules, and fracturing vertebrae on Xena, doing wire work. But whether you watched those shows or not, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen Zoe Bell and just don’t know it.
In fact, you may be more likely to recognize a certain bright yellow track suit than her. Zoe Bell worked on the set of Kill Bill as Uma Thurman’s stunt double.
It was that job that ultimately led to her career as a full-fledged actress, no more lowering her head to hide her face or working only with her back to the camera. In fact, her first acting role would be a fairly large one. After Kill Bill, Quentin Tarantino wrote the script for Death Proof with her already cast.
I’ve learned all this about Zoe Bell only recently. Because just yesterday I stumbled upon a web series, entitled Angel of Death, about a cold-hearted, remorseless hitwoman. It’s a fairly simple story: Zoe plays an assassin named Eve and she goes on a killing spree, knocking off several former clients.
This web series, which can be found at Crackle.com, is a Sony Pictures original, created by Ed Brubaker.
Although I said the story was simple, I don’t mean that as a bad thing. There’s substance to the plot – our hitwoman suffers a head wound and begins to “develop a conscious” as she’s haunted by visions of a former kill. It’s simple because it’s so very straight-forward. Eve busts into the room, shoots who she came to shoot, fights them hand-to-hand if need be, and then she flees the scene. There’s not a whole lot of mystery but there’s a whole lot of action.
There are only a few episodes to date. They’re being released daily, running 8-9 minutes long, with each episode expertly cutting off at just the right moment and leaving you dying to know what happens in the following moments. There seem to be only ten episodes planned for release. This isn’t for those of you who hate violence for the sake of violence – she’s a hired killer, don’t be expecting to see too much motive.
Though the star is a stunt-woman turned actress, she handles the acting as naturally as the fighting. She delivers her lines with all the attitude you would expect from a killer. And the fact that she’s kept her Kiwi accent just simply thrills me. I love it. Based on what I’ve seen of Bell in this role, I’m eager to get my hands on a copy of Death Proof and anything else she’ll be acting in anytime soon.
This is the first “web series” I’ve ever seen, and I have to say, I’d really recommend it to anyone who loves those action-packed, gritty type shows. In addition, the filming is just remarkable.
This web series is of a higher quality than most of what you see on television – I mean, it’s right up there with what you see in the movies. They’ve done an outstanding job in the presentation of this material.
You should really check it out.