It used to be if you wanted to change up your onscreen persona you went and did an indie, but these days action flicks seem to be the path to reinvention. Ryan Gosling went from heartthrob to badass in two films with Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive,” “Only God Forgives“), Scarlett Johansson has kicked butt as Black Widow and “Lucy,” and now Salma Hayek is picking up the gun in “Everly,” and the first international trailer is here.
There is not much plot you need to know about this one: Hayek plays a yakuza prostitute who has been working as an informer to the cops, and her employers aren’t very happy about that. And so, wave after wave of bad guys are sent to take her out, but she won’t go without a fight. Essentially, this is “The Raid: Hayek,” at least from the trailer, while our own critic Drew Taylor compared it to “Die Hard” in his review out of Fantastic Fest. “As the ‘Die Hard’ franchise gets bigger and more bloated as the endless sequels wear on, it’s nice to see an action movie that captures the original film’s spirit so well. ‘Die Hard’ with a woman seems like kind of a no-brainer,” he wrote. “But no matter the reason that it never materialized, it’s here now. Thankfully it was worth the wait.”
Check out the trailer below. Radius will release the film on February 27, 2015.