Saturday, May 30, 2015

Everly - DVD Review


         If you like a movie with a lot action, some suspense, and no plot, then I would say that you would probably enjoy Everly more than I did.   Salma Hayek is the star of this movie that was previewed as an exclusive on TIme Warner Cable as a movie that may have been released to the theaters.  

         The movie, which is more than confusing, is about Everly, who is supposed to face down assassins who are invading her home on the orders of a mob boss to kill her.  Evidently, he owns the police as well since they won’t get involved with all the gunfights that this movie has.  

         As you watch the movie, you learn that Everly is a victim of human trafficking since she came into this country and was put into this apartment as a sex slave, something that I did not expect to see as part of this movie.  If anything, the movie does make a mockery of this subject since all you see is Salma Hayek shooting up men and women like you would see in Commando with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  

          Of course, if that isn’t enough, you can also throw in a torture scene where Hayek is locked in a cage.  My feeling was that if this movie was in the theater, then it would be the time for me to walk out of the movie and demand my money back.  I would probably be on line with all the other people who would probably do the same thing.  

          Yes, there is suspense and some drama, and quite a few scenes where I cringed.  Maybe people who saw this movie would argue that Hayek is not a action star although she did have some one liners that did make me laugh a few times in the movie.  

          I could not believed that I did manage to watch this until the end and of course, it was predictable.  If you want to put your imagination at the door and say that it’s believable that someone would be trapped in their apartment with no help by the police, only to shoot assassins and have a brutal fight with a leader of a triad group, then that’s fine.  

           Salma Hayek is a very talented actress and it showed in movies like Fools Rushed In.  The problem in Hollywood is that the writing standards are much lower than the books that we read and it shows when a movie like Everly is done.  If these are the types of movies that Time Warner is proud to say are exclusive to them before they go on Netflix, then my answer would be that Time Warner is in a lot of trouble since this movie isn’t worth more than 1 star.  

Ron Hummer 


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