Everly DVD Review
Written by Richelle Charkot
DVD released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
Directed by Joe Lynch
Written by Yale Hannon and Joe Lynch
2014, Region A, 92 minutes, Rated R
DVD released on April 21, 2015
Salma Hayek as Everly
Hiroyuki Watanabe as Taiko
Laura Cepeda as Edith
Togo Igawa as The Sadist
Aisha Ayamah as Maisey
As I sit to write this, I am still in a post Mad Max: Fury Road haze, where I feel like no other movie will compare in escapism, and all pacing will seem far too slow. (I tried to watch a serious, mellow film last night and it felt like eighteen hours of my life.) Fortunately, when it comes to Joe Lynch’s Everly, no one is going to find themselves bored by too much plot. This stylish revenge flick features the infinitely bad-ass Salma Hayek as Everly, a woman defending herself, her daughter and her mother from the men who have held her captive for years. This fun, over-the-top film is comparable to late Tarantino with its Kill Bill vibes in narrative and use of off-kilter, happy music in darker moments, which will forever worm into your ears and make you think of these scenes when you hear the songs in the future.
Everly is a prostitute owned by a brutal crime-boss named Taiko, and after he discovers that she has been working with the police to bring down his operation, he sends multiple people to kill her. To his surprise, thinking that Everly would be an easy person to take out immediately, she retaliates by using one small gun that she had stashed away for self defence, and kills everyone who comes after her. Instead of being infuriated, Taiko finds her fighting charming and begins to toy with her by sending more and more lunatics to the apartment where she has been held in for years. After Everly’s mother, Edith, and daughter, Maisey, are involved in the ‘games’ Taiko is playing, she becomes even more motivated to get out alive.
This film is undoubtedly one to tune in and turn off to, as its narrative is a fairly paper-thin revenge plot. Although criticism can be placed on its veil of a story, quite simply, this is a case where viewers need to suspend their disbelief and go along for the ride that Hannon and Lynch are taking them on. Salma Hayek’s performance as an action star will pump adrenaline into the hearts of viewers, as she masterfully portrays a strong hero who is not masculinized in her pursuit of carnage. Although who she is at the beginning of the film is a victim of circumstance, she overcomes what has happened by clawing her way to freedom, refusing to be victimized any longer.
Video and Audio:
Everly is presented in 2:39:1, and appears bright and colourful, this is a very graphic film of which I recommend buyers spring for the Blu-ray edition.
The soundtrack is in Dolby Digital 5.1, and is uniformly loud throughout the duration of the movie. This is definitely not a movie to watch when your roommate is asleep in the next room (which I did... sorry, Brandon).
There are English and Spanish subtitles included on this disc.
Included on this disc is a creative feature commentary track with director Joe Lynch, co-producer Brett Hedblom and editor Evan Schiff. Lynch’s devotion to his work is charming and inspiring, as he excitedly reflects on the writing and shooting process for the film.
There is also a technical feature commentary with Lynch and cinematographer Steve Gainer. The men have a great rapport with each other and share much of the dialogue, compared to the first track where Lynch talks the most.
Finally, included on the disc is a “Silent Night” music video by Raya Yarbrough and Bear McCreary, which is also directed by Joe Lynch. It is a heavily stylized and eerie video, depicting one lone singer in black and white.