Saturday, January 24, 2015

Everly (2014)

Director: Joe Lynch
Writers:  Yale Hannon, Joe Lynch
Cast:       Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc, Togo Igawa

An action/thriller centered on a woman who faces downs assassins sent by her ex, a mob boss, while holed up in her apartment.

Film is getting distributed by 'Dimension Films' who specialize in B-Grade grindhouse genre films and were also involved with films like Planet Terror, Deathproof and Machete. So you expect the typical titillating exploitative stuff with cheesy one-liners and over the top action sequences. Problem with the film is that it is severely lacking in the humor quotient and the action is also not that great except for a few innovative stuff like grenade inside a lift with spraying blood. The whiny portrayal of the protagonist Everly by Salma Hayek also doesn't help along with her Spanish accent. Can't really compare it with Tarantino's Kill Bill since the tone and the character are totally different in all sorts of way. Having a protagonist who is not up for cold-blooded action doesn't help at all. One can look at 'John Wick' as a perfect example of a film that is just straight up action with bare to bones plot to speak of. Even with a limited actor like Keanu Reeves they pull it off. Salama Hayek is famous for her memorable cameo from Robert Rodriguez's 'From Dusk Till Dawn' and it is difficult to believe that she is 48 years old.

Film was released on itunes ahead of its limited theatrical release next month, which says a lot. I won't be surprised if it actually does well after-all. It is one to avoid unless you are in the mood to watch a 'It is so bad it is good'. I just fast forwarded the last 15 minutes of it.

Rating: 1/5