“Everly” is an American action thriller film, directed by Joe Lynch, whose previous credits include “Wrong Turn 2 – Dead End” and “Knights Of Badassdom”.
We are introduced to the lead character, Everly, (Salma Hayek – “From Dusk Til Dawn”, “Dogma”, “Once Upon A Time In Mexico”) when she locks herself in the bathroom, naked, after being badly sexually assaulted by a gang of Yakuza in her apartment.
Whilst she is there we learn that she has become an police informant as she unsuccessfully tries to contact the detective on her case by phone.
Emerging from the bathroom with a gun that she had previously concealed (and having first put on some clothes) she dispatches her abusers without further ado.
It emerges that the Yakuza boss, Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe – “GARO”), expected the men to have killed Everly once they had finished with her, as he had become aware that she was working with the police to bring him down. Realising that she has survived, Taiko phones Everly and vows that she will not leave the building alive.
Having been kept imprisoned for the previous four years and forced into prostitution by Taiko, we discover that Everly has been unable to see or contact her mother, or her five year old daughter Maisey. Fearful for their safety after Taiko’s threats, Everly is determined to get some cash to them so that they can get away to safety.
Things become more complicated when Everly’s mother and Maisey arrive at the apartment. Now Everly must find a way to protect her family, whilst also trying to survive the attentions of the numerous hired killers being sent, not to mention corrupt cops and even her fellow prostitute neighbours, as Taiko has offered a bounty for Everly’s death.
With the majority of the action taking place within one room, and all of it within Everly’s apartment building, there are perhaps shades of “Die Hard” at play here, particularly with the one character against the many baddies.
The plot isn’t especially demanding, and with a steadily increasing body count it does stretch believability somewhat. However, there is plenty of black humour here. This, together with plenty of blood, shootings, explosions, bizarre characters, and numerous gratuitous shots of Salma’s figure (which is rather impressive at the age of 48) and just for sheer entertainment this is a fun and enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half…