Indie Gems: Mayhem

I feel great!

Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is a normal guy just trying to climb his way up the corporate ladder at a law firm. When he's unjustly fired for something he didn't screw up, his firing is cut short when his building is quarantined due to a virus currently spreading around the world that causes extreme emotions. The virus runs its course in 8 hours, so he decides to use this to his advantage to try to get to the top floor to plead his case...all while possibly beating up and murdering a few people along the way. He teams up with Melanie (Samara Weaving) a woman trying to reverse the foreclosure on her house. She needs to get to the top too.)

It's unfortunate that this film came out in the same year as another office massacre - The Belko Experiment. Belko's plot is more put together, but that's not to discredit Mayhem at all. Thin plot aside, this was a lot of fun. 

I love Steven Yeun, he was one of my favorite actors on The Walking Dead so I will watch him in anything. He doesn't disappoint here. He fights, fucks, and curses his way through this. I never got tired of watching it. Weaving, who I saw earlier this year in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri has great chemistry with Yeun. She clearly had a lot of fun with this role.

At times it's hard to follow the corporate point of this film that doesn't have to do with Derek. The suits consistently talk about accounts and things they've done that all seem quite forced, but that's not the important part. The film itself is aware of that too and just continues its bloody party.

Grade: B

Watched on: Netflix DVD

Memorable Quote: "Move aside, pussies." - Melanie (Samara Weaving)


  1. I think I'll give this one a try. Nice review!

  2. "He fights, fucks, and curses his way through this" well now I have to see it for sure! :D

  3. this was part of the midnight madness programming at sxsw last year and i sent sean - haha, win for me, i went to bed!


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