ABC Film Challenge – World Cinema – E – Everly (2014)

Director: Joe Lynch

Writer: Yale Hannon (Screenplay) Joe Lynch, Yale Hannon (Story)

Starring: Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanbe, Laura Cepeda, Togo Igawa, Akie Kotabe, Gabriella Wright


Plot: An action/thriller centered on a kidnapped woman who faces down hitmen sent by a mob boss/her captor while trying to protect her family from his wrath.

Tagline – Enter if you dare

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Fast Paced Action Movie


Story: Everly starts as we see Everly (Hayek) trying to get prepared to escape armed enemies as we learn that she has ben planning to bring down crime boss Taiko (Watanabe), not able to leave the building because of his goons, Everly must find a way to bring her mother and daughter to safety before getting captured.

This is an all out action romp as Everly will face friends and foes who have been given a bounty on her head by her boss and her escape this life.


Thoughts on Everly


Characters – Everly has been working in undercover in a brothel to bring down crime boss Taiko, now the escape is putting everyone she loves at risk and we see how far one woman will go for their family. Taiko is the ruthless crime lord, he has the police in his pocket making him the ruler of the city, when Everly betrays him, he will not stop to kill her before his power is removed. Edith is Everly’s mother that has been worried about her daughter for years believing she was dead.

PerformancesSalma Hayek is good in this strong female leading role, we believe her in battle and her characters actions. Hiroyuki may well be the main villain, but we just don’t see enough of his character to rate him highly. Laura is the same, like most stars of this movie we only get glimpses and it is all about who can make the biggest impact in this time.

StoryThe story follows one woman trying to escape the life of crime, but their boss isn’t letting them leave this world. This story takes place over just the one night as Everly takes on enemies that become an increasing threat through the film and almost plays out like a reverse of The Raid. This is an easy to watch action story, as it plays out like acts with break periods between the action sequences.

ActionThe action does come thick and fast with different style of battles for Everly to need to go through.

SettingsThe film remains in the one building for the whole film, this helps because it the action in contained for the most part within one apartment, playing into the no escape that she is facing.

Special EffectsThe effects being used in the film are good throughout and look as brutal as they need to be.

Scene of the Movie –
The Sadist is twisted.

That Moment That Annoyed Me It is just fight, calm, fight, calm too often.

Final ThoughtsThis is a good enjoyable by the book action film, it does everything it needs to without being anything overly original.


Overall: Action fans will enjoy.





  1. Joe Lynch is THE man!! He makes some amazing movies and his ability to cast the most unlikely actors in his films makes each new movie a must see.
    Have you watched “Knights of Badassdom”? That one is so awesome!!

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