Directed by Joe Lynch
A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.
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★★★★ review by Ian West on Letterboxd
Insomnia kicked in so I decided to give this a go, and I had a f’n blast! Loved the cast, the character banter, and the ‘mayhem’. Perfectly paced for my taste with zesty office politics put to bed via the nail gun, and Steven Yeun going for it whilst making me totally forget he was in The Walking Dead.
★★★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.
★★★★ review by Eli Hayes on Letterboxd
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★★★★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.
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