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Everly (Blu-ray) Official AVS Forum Review




Check out our review of Everly, a woman who faces hit men sent by her mob boss ex, while holed up in her apartment.




The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
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86



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Studio and Year: Anchor Bay - 2014
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 92 minutes
Genre: Action, Thriller

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc, Uros Certic, Togo Igawa, Caroline Chikezie, Hiroyuki Watanabe
Directed by: Joe Lynch
Music by: Bear McCreary
Written by: Yale Hannon
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 21, 2015




"Get Out Or Die Trying"


My Take:

Everly opens with a whopper of a scene showing our heroine Everly (Salma Hayack) who has just been raped by a group of Yakuza. She is in the bathroom getting a break in the action when she snaps and gets a gun she had stashed behind the toilet. After taking out the men in a fashion only an untrained sex slave could, we come to find out why she is in this position.

Everly has been kept prisoner in this apartment where she was made to be a high end escort forced against her will. But lucky her, Mob Boss Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe) took a liking and kept her all to himself. We come to find out that Everly was cooperating with the police as a desperate attempt to escape. Taiko has found out, sending the men in to rape, torture then kill her. After her success with this first wave, Taiko sends a hit out on Everly and the action never ceases as new threats arrives at her door for ninety mins straight.

Sure the plot sounds fun as can be-- a hooker being staked by Yakuza with enough bullets, blood and torture for five hooker revenge films. Director Joe Lynch did the best he could here, but the film's high octane pace wears thin after an hour, and the limited character development of Everly's Mom and daughter really packs no emotional weight. The filmmakers tried hard to shock, but none of the violence really phased me, and even the when the "sadist" comes to pay her a visit, it never was a weird and crazy as they intended.

Everly is mindless fun and a cool idea that just doesn't play well as a full length feature.



Parental Guide:
Strong bloody violence, torture, nudity, sexual images and language


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 80
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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Everly comes to Blu-ray Disc from Anchor Bay featuring 2.39:1 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26.2 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps.

Everly is not going to knock anyone's socks off with its video. A bit flat, lacking the rendering of finer details combined with black levels that fluctuate. Colors can pop and flesh tones are generally OK, but things tend to bake a bit too warm as well. The audio track is where this release shines with some of the most dynamic and concussive gunshots I have heard. The track is as raucous as the film itself, with moments of impressive LFE as well as a well mixed 360 degree sound field. As far as dialogue, it all seemed in place, even if I really didn't care about what was being said, I wanted more BULLET'S!




Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Joe Lynch, Co-Producer Brett Hedblom, and Editor Evan Schiff
  • Audio Commentary with Director Joe Lynch and Cinematographer Steve Gainer.
  • (HD) Music Video




Final Thoughts:

Hookers, Yakuza... whats not to tempt any testosterone fueled A/V lover with a killer system, a few beers and the wife and kids out? Too bad this isn't the movie I wanted it to be!! At least it has borderline reference sound, making a peek a bit more rewarding. As always, looking at Salma Hayack did shave 20 mins off the exhausting run-time of an hour and a half, but all-in all Everly is just a wanna-be-Tarantino misfire.





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Lee: thanks for the review. I was hoping for a bit more from this film to make a blind buy, but it appears it will be a good rental.


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Greetings,

It doesn't look like much from the trailer but Salma Hayek tickles my fancy and always has. Hmmm.... may have to see what this is like. Thanks Lee!


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It doesn't look like much from the trailer but Salma Hayek tickles my fancy and always has. Hmmm.... may have to see what this is like. Thanks Lee!


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I rather enjoyed this schlock fest. It's competently made even if it isn't in and of itself a remarkable movie.

There's a subplot I could have done without, but I think this movie will find its audience (confined action flick with heavy asian influences.) It's much better than the trailer suggests, but it's silly and don't expect much in terms of plot.
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Salma Hayek with minimal clothing?
I'm in!

Why waste $ on more cheap stuff, it's like challenging a dragon with a pocket knife.
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Ugh. Bad writing, bad story, bad acting, bad movie. Salma's beauty couldn't even save this flick for me. Not nearly as satisfying a watch either as say Lucy.

In the end I regretted even renting this one, but I suppose I did have to see for myself.

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Movie was awful IMO, but lots of bass and a lightly or tightly clothed Salma Hayek make this well worth a rent!
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Even Salma 1/2 naked couldn't save this 1....truly an awful movie.
Had some good bass and explosions though!

Why waste $ on more cheap stuff, it's like challenging a dragon with a pocket knife.
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You guys summed this one up well, it just didn't work and I'm still smoothing things over with the wife as she's convinced now, due to the lack of anything but the obvious for the rental! I'm sure hoping there's no part two

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You guys summed this one up well, it just didn't work and I'm still smoothing things over with the wife as she's convinced now, due to the lack of anything but the obvious for the rental! I'm sure hoping there's no part two

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I still haven't seen it yet Jeff but your post cracked me up.


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I still haven't seen it yet Jeff but your post cracked me up.


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You should've been there when I said afterwards (when not thinking about it to much) and said "We should have watched Selma instead"(as both came in from Netflix, you can't make this stuff up) to which she replied "Oh! another movie with Selma Hayek"

At this point it was Kobayashi Maru
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You should've been there when I said afterwards (when not thinking about it to much) and said "We should have watched Selma instead"(as both came in from Netflix, you can't make this stuff up) to which she replied "Oh! another movie with Selma Hayek"

At this point it was Kobayashi Maru
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LMAO! Oh boy...


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Yikes, this came from Netflix...watched 15 mins and inserted back in the mailer for the next title on my list. I wanted to like it, but realized i would rather mow the yard over the next hour plus vs forcing myself to sit through it.
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I almost blind-bought this based off of the trailer I saw earlier in the year. So glad I rented instead. I thought it would be right up my alley based on the trailer, but ended up fast-forwarding through most of it.

Great premise, but poor execution.
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I almost blind-bought this based off of the trailer I saw earlier in the year. So glad I rented instead. I thought it would be right up my alley based on the trailer, but ended up fast-forwarding through most of it.

Great premise, but poor execution.
Didn't see the trailer, blind bought on the basis of comments, and not unhappy I did. Saw it a bit the opposite of your characterization -- I thought the execution was fine, fairly poor premise. The "story," such as it was, has been done and redone, and not that much of interest there in the first place. I can see fast-forwarding -- not cleverly engaging enough filler along the way to amount to much, plus the darkness of it all not much relieved by the attempted, but not committed to, farcical elements. Obviously limited budget -- kept the proceedings all in a space, visuals not very stunning. Did have LF impact, and did have the sufficiently proficient production values for small ambition, but not a standout for any reason -- but then I basically felt the same way about JOHN WICK, similar in many respects, and alot of folks seemed to like that one....
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Another bass fest.

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