review by Bobby Blakey
Fresh off his bad ass action flick Everly, always awesome director Joe Lynch is bringing his violent brilliance to an all-new flick perfectly titled Mayhem starring Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, and Steven Brand, but could it offer up the awesome fun fans have come to expect from Lynch or will it not be worth going in for the day?
Mayhem follows Derek Cho who is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all. I have been a fan of director Joe Lynch for some time including Knights of Badassdom, Holliston and of course the above mentioned Everly. Going into this film I had no doubt that he would be delivering something as awesome as always and he did not disappoint. What is awesome here is that the film walks a thin line between horror from a gore stand point and action without ever really being either. It seemingly is its own genre and works on pretty much every level.
Part of what really makes this work is the simplicity of it all and lack of trying to make good guys and bad guys, but instead people just reacting to what is happening in howerer they might based on the feeling it gives them. Both Yeun and Weaving weave through this bloody office space with a vengeance making two characters you want to root for, but don’t fully know where they are heading in the end. Across the board all the cast work great here and there are some great kills and creativity to them that will no doubt please all the gore hounds out there.
If you have ever worked in an office this film will be one you connect with way easier. There are numerous real world moments infused with this insanity that you can connect with while living out your own morbid fantasies of how you might react in this situation. I loved the craziness of it all and cast involved, but even more so happy seeing the always awesome Joe Lynch back in the director’s chair where he belongs. Be sure to check out Mayhem when it hits 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on December 26th from RLJEntertainment and if you haven’t already be sure to check out Everly as well. It’s not connected to this one, but just so strangely awesome I think everyone should see it.