Written and directed by Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) along with fellow writer Yale Hannon, this is an adult story of what could happen to anyone really.
It’s just all about how you handle it. Everly (Salma Hayek, Desperado, Dogma, From Dusk Till Dawn) was kidnapped four years ago and since then she has never left room 6E at 157 Harper Avenue. All the rooms around hers are full of prostitutes, all slave labour for the Triad crime lord Taiko (Hiroyuki Watanabe, Detective Story), a ruthless man who has all his subordinates fearing for their lives if they do not follow his orders to the letter.
Everly is possibly the lucky one, as she is Taiko’s favourite girl so she has the best gilded cage. But four years of sadistic treatment at the hands of Taiko and his minions takes it’s toll on Everly, even though she is waiting to be rescued by the police. She reaches the bathroom where a phone, gun and necklace of her baby daughter have been stashed. With a man banging on the door she tries to reach Detective Roberts, but only gets his answer machine.
It looks like she is out of luck and it would be better to end it all, as the door is kicked in the shot rings out and the floor is splattered in blood. But it isn’t Everly’s, what ensues is a blood bath for the triads, with everybody in the room down, her thoughts turn to those that cannot defend themselves, her Mother Edith (Laura Cepeda, Grimm) and Daughter Maisey (Aisha Ayamah).
She has a lot of money stashed away under the floorboards and she wants to get the money to them to start a new life somewhere far away. The thing is, Taiko is a very shrewd man and knew what Everly was planning and has a present for her when all his goons phones start ringing. With her hopes dashed and Taiko with the upper hand our heroine realises it is all or nothing and when one of the shot men regains consciousness Dead Man (Akie Kotabe, The November Man), he knows how Taiko works and is a help of sorts. But all the other hookers hate Everly’s position and when they start complaining about the gunfire they are offered an alternative way of earning money, kill Everly!
This is a bloodfest and it hits the right body count, the action is hard and there a funny bits as well as all the bullet rounds and grenades. All this effort for two women her mother and daughter, for she is going to die in that room tonight, just not right now and not by these goons.
Bonzai, ball. Sh*t! Bonzai NO! That’s no ball!
|Starring||Salma Hayek, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Laura Cepeda, Togo Igawa, Akie Kotabe Akie Kotabe|
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