When I sat down to watch Everly I wasn’t really too sure what I was in store for. So my expectations were not set that high, that’s not to say that they were set low either I just wanted to let the movie speak for itself – and it spoke to me in a big loud fashion! This movie blew me away, much like Everly (Salma Hayek) blows away so many of her opponents in this movie. Salma Hayek has always comes across as a strong woman and damn she really steps it up with this movie.
With a nice subtle introduction to the situation that our heroine finds herself in at the begging, playing off all your senses, director Joe Lynch moves straight into the action and the bodies start to hit the floor straight from the get go.
When we are first introduced to Everly, we learn that she is held against her will and owned by a crime-boss named Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe), she has been held up in an apartment for four years, forced to spend her life away from her family and do whatever it is Taiko wants. Taiko discovers that she has been working with the police to bring down his operation, so he sends multiple people to kill her. Unfortunately for him and thankfully for us it turns out that Everly is not going down that easily.
Using a gun that she had hidden for protection she takes down a group of killers that Taiko sends to illuminate her in the apartment he has kept her for so many years. Of course this is just the beginning of the onslaught and the crime lord send in more and more people to take her down.
It’s when Taiko decides to involve Everly’s mother and daughter that she decides to do whatever she can to get out and ensure that her family gets away from harm safely. This is of course not that simple as our leading lady is forced to spend the entire movie in this apartment fighting for her life and ultimately fighting for the lives of those who mean the most to her.
You might think that using this singular environment to play out this story might get a little tedious or claustrophobic but trust me, it doesn’t! At one point I thought the movie could have been an awesome video game as Everly goes up against one group of baddies after the other. They also get harder to beat as time moves on and you will find yourself really invested in her surviving these battles.
The movie moves along at a great pace and I can honestly say I wasn’t bored at any point in this movie. Lynch also uses a bit of dark comedy really well to break some of the tension. Most of all, the movie is full of violence and action! Hayek is brilliant as the leading lady and she manages to make you sympathize with her and root for her to come out on top after everything she has gone through.
Will everyone love this movie?
Probably not, but if you watch it with the understanding that this is a pure action movie and can get over the fact that a lot of this might not make sense, but that doesn’t matter because it’s a thrilling ride that is fun to look at, then SALMA HAHECK YES, you will thoroughly enjoy Everly as much as I did.
Starring with Hayek is Akie Kotabe, Jennifer Blanc, Masashi Fujimoto, Togo Igawa, Gabriella Wright, Caroline Chikezie and Laura Cepeda. Everly is available to rent or purchase now.
Last Updated: December 4, 2015