Zoë Bell Stands in for Herself in Camino

Quentin Tarantino’s “favourite stunt double,” New Zealander Zoë Bell, 37, “sturdily stands in for herself” in Camino, a survival-thriller set in the jungles of Colombia circa 1985.

The Los Angeles Times reviews the film:

“Bell plays [Avery Taggert] an award-winning photojournalist dispatched by her editor (Kevin Pollak) to South America, with an assignment to shoot the charismatic El Guero (overly animated filmmaker-actor Nacho Vigalondo), the leader of a band of guerrilla ‘missionaries.’

“But she’s soon forced to put down her camera when she’s framed for the savage murder of a young boy who in fact died at the hands of Vigalondo’s increasingly psychotic mercenary.

“Having previously done the heavy lifting for the likes of Uma Thurman, Lucy Lawless and Halle Berry, Bell proves to be one tough cookie, but she’s ultimately taken down by all the stiff, under-developed dialogue and iffy supporting performances.”

Bell played Six-Horse Judy in Tarantino’s 2015 film, The Hateful Eight.

Original article by Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, March 3, 2016.

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