Blood & Gold

Director: Peter Thorwarth
Year Released: 2023
Rating: 1.0

Disillusioned with the way World War II is going and trying to desert his fellow troops, soldier Heinrich (Robert Maaser) is hung and left for dead by disfigured Von Starnfeld (Alexander Scheer) and his band of gold thieves, but he's saved by farmer Elsa (Marie Hacke) and her brother Paule (Connor Long); before you know it, Paule and Elsa are abducted by the Nazis, and Heinrich has help them out.  While it attempts to be an exploitation-type production, it isn't nearly zany or strange enough to provide consistent Midnight Movie thrills, and the scenes where there's no action taking place tend to get bogged down with mediocre dialogue ... plus the storytelling is a wonky.  Still, it doesn't take up too much of your time, and fascists getting gunned to pieces - or force-fed a suicide pill - is always a positive.  Another good thing is the casting of Long, who has a mental disability, and it treats him like a human being ... which is not something that would have happened in Germany in 1945.