MAYHEM
Director: Joe Lynch
Writers: Matias Caruso

Stars: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Caroline Chikezie
Release Date: November 10, 2017

Chaos. Pure, unadulterated bloody, curse-filled chaos. Mayhem is like a televisions bubble-episode but with video game violence and comic book dialogue and plot progression smelted together.

There is a known global virus (again very applicable), that finds its way into a tense lawyer office of white worker selfish impulses. The accelerating problem is that this ID-7 virus enhances everyone’s emotions, whether it be violent, depressing or sexual in nature. Lawyer Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) has recently been unrightfully fired, and due to the circumstances, he and all his co-workers find themselves in, Cho has a chance to get some beautiful sadistic vengeance. Joining Cho on is journey of thrashing is Melanie Cross (Samara Weaving), who’s only in the building because the lawyers are trying to screw her over.

Mayhem does not deserve an in-depth plot breakdown. It’s simple. Cho needs to literally make his way up the building and bureaucratic ladder in order to exact his revenge on “The Nine,” the executive board. Together he and Cross get inventive in their ways of killing, all while learning to trust one another and snipping witty barbs about Dave Matthews Band.

First things first: I am still ALL ABOARD THE SAMARA WEAVING TRAIN. This movie came out before she starred in the delightful Ready Or Not (2019), and now I am trying to carry everyone onto this fomenting train. Weaving is fantastic at playing the bad-ass girl who is seemingly out of her element but thriving, nonetheless. She reached peak levels with that in Ready Or Not, and one can tell how this was a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

Samara Weaving as Melanie Cross

Other shoutout to the Netlfix original horror-comedy, The Babysitter (2017). Again, that was a movie based on an absurd premise and in need of desperate charisma to pull off. Weaving was the focal point of that as the villain, and now she is making her way into my personal scream-queen teen movie Mount Rushmore.

Alright, now back to Mayhem.

The movie is directed by Joe Lynch. He even has an uncredited role as Ray the IT Guy. Lynch and his crew had a distinct mission and that was to keep Mayhem going at full throttle for the entire 87 minutes. Very few, if any, shots linger. Almost all shots are moving, whether they be tracking of zooming. It makes even those messier scenes non-consequential because they pass by so quickly. It’s a delicate balance to pull-off, but Lynch does it well.

Also, if you are thinking that Mayhem is like another movie from that same year…you’d be correct. The Belko Experiment (2017) also came out that same exact year, and it had a very similar premise, only that it was a twisted social experiment that triggered the violence.

Mayhem is a very enjoyable piece of chaos. It knows exactly what it is and embraces every bit of it. There is no shying away from what it intends to be. If you enjoy self-containing, violent, and quippy movies, then Mayhem is worth the price.

Mayhem is currently available for 99 cent rental through iTunes.

STANKO RATING: B (3.5/5 Stars)

“Mayhem” IMDB
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