Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc, Caroline Chikezie, Togo Igawa, Akie Kotabe, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Gabriella Wright, Laura Cepeda, Masashi Fujimoto.
Directed by Joe Lynch
The opening scene of "Everly" features an overhead shot of a totally nude Salma Hayek locking herself in the bathroom of a large upscale studio apartment after she's been gang raped by a group of Yakuza. She manages to find some lingerie to slip into and hidden inside the toilet's tank is a ziploc bag containing a cell phone, handgun, and a locket with a picture of her young daughter. I'll bet you can guess what happens next.
Hayek plays the title character who just sold out her Yakuza boss to the FBI after being held captive for 5 years as his sex slave. The gang rape was just the beginning of this misogynist film from B-movie director Joe Lynch ("Knights of Badassdom" "Wrong Turn 2") that pits Hayek against scores of Yakuza, a swat team in combat gear, vicious dogs, and prostitutes with guns, all while wearing a low cut tank top and for a short while, her stripper heels.
The good news is that Hayek looks great at 48, the bad news is that she's actually in this poor excuse for an action film (where's Robert Rodriguez when you need him?). In "Desperado" (1996) and "Once Upon a Time Mexico" (2003), Hayek's Carolina character was not a badass she just seemed guilty by association thanks to Antonio Banderas. I was hoping that "Everly" was the film that finally transformed Hayek into a tough opponent (think Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill") but in reality she's just a lucky prostitute who keeps accidently killing the bad guys.
It's obvious that Lynch recently attended a Tarantino film festival but he didn't pay attention, if he had he would have realized that the women in Quentin's films are strong females, here they are reduced to targets and referenced as "dead whores." If you don't care about strong female characters and you just want to see Salma Hayek wearing sexy clothes while shooting big guns then you'll probably enjoy this film. I'll take a good Michelle Yeoh, Pam Grier, Scarlett Johansson, or Michelle Rodriguez film over this any day.