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Everly

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5.11 h 32 min2015R
When Everly betrays her ex, a powerful mob boss, she must face a legion of killers who are out to collect the bounty on the heads of her and her family.
Directors
Joe Lynch
Starring
Selma HayekHiroyuki WatanabeLaura Cepeda
Genres
SuspenseAction
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English [CC]
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EnglishEnglish [Audio Description]
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Supporting actors
Togo Igawa
Producers
Rob ParisAndrew PfefferAdam RippLuke RivettRizal RisjadRicky BudhraniPaul Green
Studio
AMC Plus Horror
Rating
R (Restricted)
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4.2 out of 5 stars

979 global ratings

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  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
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AG PrimackReviewed in the United States on September 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
ridiculous
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Why would Salma Hayak let herself be used in this way. The only redeeming feature is that she fights back. The drawn out bit with her mother is stupid and distracting. Why can't the old woman see what is going on? Why can't Everly tell her straight out? The plot is stupid, and when it runs out at the end they bring in the Marquis de Sade? No one should be entertained by this movie or anything like it. Don't bother.
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Robert D. JansenReviewed in the United States on October 1, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Everly, as a Jungian dream
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Everly, as a Jungian dream
By way of background, I am a psychologist who started his career reading Carl Jung, and I believe that Jung is the key to understanding much art, especially any mythic story telling. Everly is not just a sexy horror movie, it is a well-made allegory, a dream, an urban nightmare, if you will. Most movies do not immediately make you realize what they are. I can only remember one, Alien, that struck me as a Jungian dream immediately, its characters being so obvious. I had to watch Everly twice to understand what the artists were doing. Salma Hayak is wonderfully intense in this role, which is anything but gratuitously sexual. If anything, it could be said to be gratuitously anti-sexual.
Everly is wonderful in the Jungian sense. I believe that Carl Jung’s most useful insight was that in dreams all the characters are elements of the dreamer, whose Self is usually represented by a quartet of characters, a female by three female and one male.
Everly is trapped in her home, (usually the symbol of the Self), a sex slave to a diabolical dark monster, but she has recently decided to try to be free. To do so she must kill many terrible men, who inflict many wounds on her body, but, strangely, she seems to only get stronger in the process rather than weaker. She wants to save her daughter and mother, innocent and maternal elements of her Psyche, and her mother dies in the process, and she ultimately slays the dark man by confronting him. In the end, only the child is saved. Perfect Jung, all the way.
She wounds the male element of her psyche, (the dead man), who is mostly just an observer as the drama plays out, Everly unnecessarily eliminates the actually benign male element in her psyche quartet, (Mother, daughter, Everly, Dead Man), although he does passively protect her from the attacking dog after he is dead. The attacking whores are additional mercenary instances of what she is fighting which she must confront and eliminate.
Everly clearly feels trapped by her own sexuality, and would like to be free from it, but is held hostage by her “family”, her daughter and mother. She cannot be free as long as they exist and are threatened. There is no father in evidence, only the dark, foreign monster who holds her in thrall and the weak male element of her Psyche, the dead man.
If it were a patient’s dream, I would suggest it was dreamt by a woman who feels trapped by sexual desires which she feels are humiliating. She wants to be free but cannot be so long as her “family’s” the rest of herself) welfare hangs in the balance. She acts out by destroying all the male perpetrators of her felt humiliation. She thrusts a long sword into her dark man and twists it before cleaving him in half. Wow. This woman really wants to destroy her sexual desires, which are strong. She also tosses a grenade to another symbol of her animal desire, Bonzai the dog, who fetches it thinking it a ball, a slang term for intercourse, of course, and it destroys him.
Alas, in the end, Everly, or the dreamer, does not integrate her sexual desires, but “kills” them, which almost kills her as well. Is her “child” saved? We don’t really know. Does Everly even survive?
If such a patient were to achieve integration of her psychic elements, she would need to confront and accept the dark man, to tame the dog, to love her monstrous feelings. But Everly says, “you don’t love the way I do” to the dark man. It is the key line of the entire movie. She is referring to maternal love versus sexual lust, but she is not referring to the dark man: she is referring to the split within herself. Maternal love is acceptable, sexual lust is not. The dilemma, of course, is that they depend on each other.
Movies are often expressions of common psychological dilemmas: and learning to accept one’s consummatory sexuality is certainly one of the most common, especially in women today.
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Master JediReviewed in the United States on January 5, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not really a good movie in spite of Salma Hayek
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I bought this movie mostly because I love Salma Hayek. She has made some really good movies but unfortunately this movie is not one of them.
The movie is quite violent which is not a big deal to me, however, some of the violence is perpetrated on women in a sadistic twisted way. I really have issues with this particular theme. I like movies where the victim realizes that he/she does not want to continue in that role and struggles to learn whatever needed to become empowered. Then they turn around and exercise that power via vengeance or other means. The important thing is that they prevail in the end.
I also found issues with the script. The movie is supposed to be a serious movie but then you have some characters appear that look like ninja/kabuki dancers which are suppose to intensify a torture scene as they are the bad guys and you assume that they are going to do something extreme to the poor victim. I found the use of these characters quite ridiculous to be honest and brought the movie down even more.
Salma Hayek character starts as a weak victimized woman by an asian looking guy. She has some moments that show she might have the strength to take care of business, but in the end her character does not evolve. She pretty much remains a pathetic woman throughout the movie. I just did not like that.
I was about 15 minutes into the movie when I realized that I had made a big mistake in buying it but now I am stuck with it. The only thing I can say to you is, STAY AWAY from this movie!
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Brad LundellReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Two stars but only because of Salma Hayek
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I get that stylized violence is all the rage and I can countenance it if it is accompanied by a reasonable storyline and interesting characters. This movie has more than enough stylized violence for those who seek and enjoy that, but the writing is tired, the acting (outside of Hayek) wooden, and the plot itself is wanting. It tries to be Tarantino on steroids in feel, but it is utterly lacking his clever and quirky story-telling style.
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Jeffrey P BairdReviewed in the United States on December 2, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
What did I just watch?
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I ask the question, What did I just watch because I really want to know. Even fiction has to have some level of believability. A woman, who at least the beginning of the show appears to have never handled firearms all of the sudden becomes so proficient she is able to take out numerous armed thugs with several various firearms including handguns, shotguns, semi-auto rifles, not to mention the grenades she is able to use. She is shot in the opening melee with what appears to be a left abdomen wound that goes in and came out the back, but that barely slows her down through out the entire movie, but the writers deserve credit for at least having her bandage the wound after she showers. I am sure there was no internal bleeding and as John Wayne would say, "It's just a flesh wound." This movie tries to present a torturer and his painted lackeys, but they are just a joke. The thugs trying to kill her need to spend some time on the range to become as proficient as she is with firearms and learn how to hit what they shoot at. The "bad guy" finally appears and he comes across as a bumbling immature guy with a sharp sword who is so emotionally hurt by her rejection that he has sent in a couple dozen men to kill her, but then has to do it himself because they are so inept, she is able to kill them. This movie all takes place in an apartment building where apparently there are minimal people staying because no one runs out into the streets after hundreds and hundreds of gun shots, explosions, screams, a guy falling out the window, and the sprinklers go off. The real police and firemen finally respond after one tenant finally calls 911 as she is killed. And then the end is just lame as they try to make this blood bath of a movie all about a mother's love for her daughter. Don't waste your time. The premise of this movie could have actually been very good as a thriller with her trying to escape, being chased through the city or country, with a lot less gun play and phony blood, and more realistic characters with some actual character development. So sad, just another typical phony Hollywood Movie with minimal effort put into the story, set, development, and realistic action.
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Craig OwensReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Truly Unlikable Film
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"Everly" almost has camp value if it wasn't so unpleasantly sadistic. Director Joe Lynch, who worked with writer Yale Hannon on crafting the story, obviously didn't know what kind of film he was trying to make nor does he show any particular talent at conveying that he understood the script's poor construction. In fact, the film was amateur and an insult to anyone who ever dreamed of directing. All comparison to Tarantino is an insult to Tarantino, who knows how to make violent movies with humor, pathos, and intelligence. Was Lynch going for black comedy? An action-thriller? A 'B movie exploitation?' A female empowerment film? A horror film? An arthouse film? Or a straight to DVD turkey? Were we supposed to care what happens in the end? Feel sad? Were we supposed to feel anything beyond cringing at the next grotesquery? Were we supposed to understand character motivation? Which parts were supposed to be deliberately funny and which parts were unintentionally so? And how the hell can you take a good actress like Salma Hayek and make her look like an awful one? Sorry, but the blame begins and ends with Lynch and Hannon who seemed more preoccupied with creating a blood-soaked movie that piles sadistic behavior on top of sadistic behavior, rather than to actually work out plot weaknesses, build character empathy, and maintain a consistent, campy sense of humor. This film should never have been made. I give it one star only because I feel sorry for Salma for trying. We deserve better than turn-off-your-brain and just watch over-the-top violence.
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FZReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Disgusting trash.
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Why? Why make this garbage?

I like Salma Hayek, but this was a waste of her talent, and the description isn't enough to let you know what nightmare you're getting yourself into by hitting play. I also love a good butt-kicking female lead action movie as much as the next fan, and have an average level of tolerance for violence, but when it gets to this point where it just seems like filmmakers are going out of their way to show how sick, twisted and disgustingly violent their minds can be, it just becomes unwatchable and makes you wonder what's wrong with people! Why does anyone need to see this unnecessary level of violence, let alone spend the budget to actually make the movie to begin with?

I'm a middle-aged man, but still had to cover my eyes more than once. But then even the sounds I was hearing were too horrifying for me! For reference, I've had an easier time with horror movies like the Ring, A Nightmare on Elm Street, even 6 seasons of The Walking Dead! Sucker Punch was a symbolic movie too, as this one is apparently supposed to be, but at least that movie was entertaining and didn't make me sick.

Bottom line, I couldn't even finish watching this trash, and I very rarely back out of watching the rest of a movie once I've started. However, there was not enough interest from the storyline to even motivate getting past the gratuitous violence, so why waste the time? And 4 stars on Amazon??? Now you really have to wonder about people's taste... No wonder our country is so F'd up. Do yourself a favor and watch... anything else.
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Avid readerReviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not a feel good Christmas movie
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The movie takes place at Christmas, and the opening scene is more imagined with sounds than sights, but it is clear that the Salma Hayek character (Everly) has been held captive in a rather brutal sexual slavery situation. This movie is rough, violent, but yet there is some campiness to it. She gets herself out of the situation with a rather high body count, which naturally causes the Yakuza boss to take revenge. It becomes a case of “I will see your machine gun, and raise you a rocket propelled grenade.” In desperation she calls her mother to have her get the money she has (considerable) and escape, as she knows she will be really in for it. She cannot escape from the building, so she has her mother and daughter come to her, planning on giving them the money and they simply walk out, providing a ruse. This doesn’t work out well, but adds tension to the movie. Mr. Taiko, the Yakuza boss, sends Mr. Sadist, who really enjoys his work. The body count increases. Mr. Taiko comes on scene, and he is very cold blooded about what the feels he needs to do. There are a number of better directions the movie could have taken, so it is not a really great film. Could sum it up as tough woman battles her captors. The well dressed man on the couch provided some comic relief, and allowed me to give it three stars.
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