Everly

Everly Tommy Gun Joe Lynch Salma Hayek, Akie Kotabe, Laura Cepeda, Jennifer Blanc, Togo Igawa, Gabriella Wright, Caroline Chikezie, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Jelena Gavrilović, Masashi Fujimoto, Dragana Atlija

Everly: after four years as a Yakuza sex slave Everly wants to be back with her family – and she’s willing to kill anyone that stands in her way. Welcome to Titty City: population 2, Salma’s girls. This film is ‘bootay central’ as Salma jogs around in silk nightgowns, low cuts, yoga pants… and the sprinklers even come on to give us a sexy wet-look finale! (classic move). She gets shot, burned, stabbed, tased, tied, tortured… but never looks less than fantastic. Being set in a brothel there’s also a long line of leggy babes dressed like all the fantasies! Not content with misrepresenting just women, this throws every Japanese stereotype you can think of in the mix: intelligent Asian man full of wise “my uncle once told me” proverbs; full theatre costumes with geta shoes; samurai sword / sai dagger wielding yakuzas; sprawling back tattoos, etc etc. On the upside, the film is very well made – looking as good as most big-budget pictures – and the SFX team does some great work with buckets of blood, severed limbs, and loads of new creative ways to kill people. I was rather enjoying it all until a nasty acid torture moment, which seemed to dip briefly into torture-porn territory and haul me out of the film. This type of movie isn’t for everyone, but Everly combines the story elements of an old-school rape-revenge rampage with modern over-the-top ultra-exploitative action; and it does both of those very well. Salma’s acting and director Joe Lynch’s enthusiasm raise this above the shlocky B-movie that it truly is.

Score: 6/10
B-Movie Score: 8/10

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5 comments
  1. I had loads of fun watching this. It is pure B-grade material, but Salma Hayek and the director both totally own it and run with it to get the most out of it.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Absolutely – if it’s someone you’re remotely into this is a blast. Not sure how it would play to an ‘average’ punter though.

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  2. I love listening to Joe Lynch’s podcast. I should give this one a spin.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Aw man – I didn’t know about this and have started to fall down the rabbit hole. It’s a love/hate though thing as the behind the scenes type industry information and stories are amazing, but the two guys but in far too much for me. I want to hear Lloyd Kaufman’s stories from 40 years of making films, not more stuff about Everly and Hatchet!!!!

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      • I hear you. I have to take breaks periodically.

        On one hand, I love the passion the guys have and they can be extremely funny. Their fan commentaries are what won me over.

        At the same time, sometimes I don’t feel like listening to their frustration about the industry and piracy etc. I can understand why he’s frustrated, but I feel like the people he’s bitching to/at already agree with him. I don’t steal movies on principle. I’m sorry that others do.

        As far as the industry is concerned, I only make videos as a hobby. I’ve never made money off of it and I just like telling stories that amuse me.

        That said, I’m probably not the target audience for this show. I like hearing storytellers talk about their stories. I’m not looking for tips on how to succeed in the industry.

        There’s enough of what I love here to keep me coming back though.

        Sorry to be long winded!

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