Director: Joe Lynch
Cast: Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Laura Cepeda
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 7/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
Trapped in her apartment, Everly (Hayek) is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her former lover – a dangerous Yakuza mob boss who wants her dead after he learns she is no longer loyal to him. Desperate to be re-united with her mother and young daughter, Everly must fight to kill her attackers before they destroy her and her family.
After turning evidence on her former boss, an enslaved woman named Everly (Hayek) is attacked and nearly killed by employees of her former boss (or owner?) after her treachery is discovered. Yet instead of giving up and dying, she decides to fight back, at least until she can get enough money to her mother and daughter to make sure that they are taken care of. Before long the apartment building is surrounded by associates of her boss including everything from fake cops, torture specialists and a barrage of prostitutes living in the building, all of which are now gunning for her and Everly will have to hold her own and take out every one of them in turn if she stands any hope of surviving, let alone getting out of the building.
The film was directed by Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom, Holliston) from a script written by Yale Hannon which was based upon a story by both Hannon and Lynch. Joe Lynch does a pretty solid job at the helm and very capably guides this insanity filled, face paced ride. The cast is comprised mostly of unknowns (at least to most audiences here in the US) aside from Salma Hayek who delivers a somewhat mixed performance. She perfectly handles the butt kicking side of the role and is surprisingly believable inflicting some real damage while utilizing some heavy artillery, although a few of the more emotional moments felt a bit unintentionally comedic, a fact which didn’t bother me more than in a few brief instances and didn’t negatively impact the overall fun of the film too drastically at all, but it is occasionally noticeable nonetheless.
‘Everly’ is a fast paced and very fun ride that is fueled by non-stop bloody action and carnage almost right from the very beginning. It starts out hitting hard and only gets subsequently crazier as this impossibly bad situation somehow consistently elevates to new levels of danger and peril. At times it almost feels like watching a video game with Salma Hayek as the lead character fighting her way to the main big boss for that inevitable final confrontation. It may not be a perfect film and it certainly has a few faults, but overall it’s still quite a bit of fun and a solid follow-up to ‘Knights of Badassdom’ for Joe Lynch who impressively continues to make very different films in his directorial efforts so far. I would definitely recommend ‘Everly’ to the action movie fans out there, or those of Joe Lynch’s work in general; it’s well worth checking out.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Everly’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.39:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty solid as a whole. There are a few instances of some mild banding, but minimal enough that it goes mostly unnoticed and shouldn’t overly trouble the casual viewer. The numerous fast moving and dark sequences are always more than discernible and everything looks sharp, detailed and great. Overall, this is a pretty solid high definition video presentation that should have most folks quite pleased.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack hits full force from the beginning and rarely lets up for a breath throughout, consistently surrounding the viewer with the films score along with nearly constant frenetic action effects including (but certainly not limited to) bullets of all kinds whizzing by, in addition to knives whishing and some heavy explosions for good measure that give the bass a chance to really strut its stuff as well, all the while never causing any dialogue occurring simultaneously to become distorted or inaudible in any way. Overall, this is an impressive and incredibly active 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that also contributes a great deal to the overall fun of the movie.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘Everly’ includes a couple of solid extras, mostly in the form of 2 Audio Commentary tracks. The first is a ‘Creative Audio Commentary’ with Director Joe Lynch, Co-Producer Brett Hedblom and Editor Evan Schiff; the second a ‘Technical Audio Commentary’ with Director Joe Lynch and Cinematographer Steve Gainer. Also included on the release is a music video (also directed by Joe Lynch) for ‘Silent Night’ by Raya Yarbrough and Bear McCreary.