Directed by Joe Lynch
A dangerous virus is discovered in a corporate law building, the very same firm that recently cleared an infected man on murder charges. When a quarantine is issued and the building goes on lock-down, all hell breaks loose inside. A disgruntled employee and an irate client must fight and even kill their way to the top to “have a word” with the corrupt executives who wronged them before time runs out.
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★★★½ review by ho ho jose 🎁 on Letterboxd
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★★★½ review by Dale Raulerson on Letterboxd
I skipped out on The Belko Experiment earlier this year; at the time I just didn't feel interested enough to pay for the movie ticket. I'll probably get around to it, but in the interim I watched the vaguely similar Mayhem.
This movie kind of came out of nowhere; wasn't really on my radar until it dropped, but I like Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving was entertaining in The Babysitter this year as well, so I was down to give it a go. Both of them give fun, energized performances. Yeun is likeable and charming with his narration and does well with the action scenes. Some of the dialogue and characters are a little cheesy and overblown but it suits the overall material and makes the, ahem, mayhem that ensues later in the film pretty satisfying.
There's plenty of blood and carnage to enjoy, though they do keep a lot of the grisly stuff just out of sight. The effects aren't super impressive but the pacing and volume keep that from being the focus. The editing is very sharp and often used to great effect when it comes to moments of madness, which helps the movie overall too. A rhythmic, synth-y score contributes plenty as well.
There's a decent moral to the story and all that, but mostly this is just a fun, funny, wish-fulfillment sort of movie. Getting revenge, justice, beating up shitty coworkers and bosses. It's all very entertaining, even if not particularly groundbreaking.
★★★★½ review by Dawson Joyce on Letterboxd
Dark, offbeat, and depraved yet energetic, relentless, and consistently hilarious, Joe Lynch’s Mayhem is a terrific blend of action, comedy, horror, and pitch-black social satire with fun characters, swift pacing, and game performances, especially from the awesome Steven Yeun and the lovely and charming Samara Weaving.
★★★★ review by Nikolas on Letterboxd
Better than expected. Good pacing, and cheesy, but it works. Every actor did their part great, it had to be a blast to make this one.
★★★½ review by Leon Brill 👽 on Letterboxd
A high-octane gorefest which is some of the most fun I’ve had in awhile. Incredible editing, sound design, and a very comicbook-y feel make up for an overuse of voice-over and bland color grading.
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