(Joe Lynch, 2014)

Rating: 1/5

Reviewed by Dave Lancaster

: How can a film get its tone so wrong? 'Everly' is so bad, it's shocking. Despite the surefire Salma Hayek playing the lead in this shoot-em-up, 'Everly' misses the barn door by a mile.

'Everly' is a hard film to finish. It is so ridiculous in plot, so thin in characterisation and so badly put together that even sitting through its silly action sequences feels like a chore.

This could well be in the running for 'most stupid opening scene ever' as we are introduced to Everly (Salma Hayek) - a woman who is both an incredibly bad parent and strangely good shot.

She kills off a bunch of people without seeming to care all the while stuck in her apartment with the threat of her mother and daughter's murder looming at the hands of her mob boss ex. And the cannon fodder just keeps on coming. And the attempts at offbeat black comedy become more and more cringeworthy.

Just what is 'Everly' supposed to be? Action? Comedy? Thriller? It fails at all three genres and wastes the concept of a shoot-em-up set in one location. It becomes quickly evident that Joe Lynch couldn't direct his way out of a paper bag.

Worse than that, he denies leading lady Hayek a chance to reach the same heights that she met with her Oscar nominated work in 'Frida'. This is a performance - and film - that is completely embarrassing.

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