Thursday, August 10, 2017

Santanico Pandemonium vs. The Yakuza, or Thoughts on Everly

Salma Hayek, no stranger to the gun fetish action movie with Desperado (1995) returned to the genre as Everly (2014), a high-class hooker wanting out of The Life.  Essentially a one-room play, Everly has to fight her way past waves of Yakuza hit men and rival prostitutes (there’s a bounty on her head) in ever-increasing scenarios of masochistic violence and brutal gunfights.  Fortunately for Everly there’s an assortment of firearms, katanas (Yakuza, remember) and improvised weapons scattered around her downtown loft apartment.
Directed by Joe Lynch of Chillerama (2011), the movie plays to Salma Hayek’s strengths and on-screen charisma by not making her an impossibly skilled bad-ass like John Wick or more recently, Charlize Theron in Atomic Blonde (2017).  She fights back, and she’s brave when the situation calls for it, but Everly’s what I would call an accidental killer.  There’s a lot of lucky shots in Everly which requires a certain suspension of disbelief on the audience’s part but hey, if you’re willing to accept vampires and the dead walking the earth craving brains, you shouldn’t have a problem with Salma Hayek running around in lingerie shooting up the screen.

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