Review of Mayhem (2017)
By: Jason Bechard

Hey, I Watched This!

Reviewing a Movie I've watched recently.

So, I'll be reviewing a film that I have watched recently. Said film may not be a 'New release", necessarily. It will be a "New to me" film, usually from the Sci-fi, Fantasy, horror genres. It will usually be a film that may have flown under the radar. Lesser known, "straight to video", "indie" type of films. "There's gold in them thar hills", and maybe I can find some for ya.

Oh, and by the way, I'll try to keep the spoilers to a minimum, but I make no promises!

This week's review, Mayhem(2017), directed by Joe Lynch, and starring I>Walking Dead's Steven Yeun, and up-and-coming hollywood starlet, Samara Weaving.

This is a damn fun flick. It's a dark comedy, ultra-violent, with fun characters, what's not to love? Here's a bare bones synopsis, "A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses." An office full of people with NO inhibitions? YES PLEASE!

Director Joe Lynch, doesn't have a lot of "mainstream" exposure under his belt, but he swings for the fences! His only other "mainstream" flick, that I recognize, is Everly(2014). An insane, over the top, action-fest, starring Salma Hayek. Mr. Lynch has an eye for cool, ultra-violence, that is pleasing to the eye.

Mayhem plays really, really well. The opening monologue sets the stage, in a fun way. Very reminiscent of the smash-hit Zombieland. The pacing moves fast, given the nature of the virus at work, with quick cuts, and crazy visuals, but not too fast that you lose anything. Throughout the film, you see how the virus affects people differently. Some people don't necessarily want to be violent or crazy, deep down. Turn off their filters, and they are still rather laid back and level-headed. I liked that aspect a lot. Not everyone has a monster inside. Of course, those people don't fair well, in an enclosed environment, with the rest of the people, who embrace the carnage. This film DOES NOT shy away from some of the acts, some of the infected people perform, with no inhibitions. That was jarring, but cool.

If you're a fan of AMC's The Walking Dead, you already love Steven Yeun. If you're not a fan, you're gonna love Steven Yeun. He's just so lovable. Average Joe, trying to climb the corporate ladder. Getting kicked down by the person on the next rung up. But, when push comes to shove, he's gonna do what he needs, no, WANTS to do! When he gets rolling, he is believably intense, as an average badass Joe should be. Not unbelievably skilled, just smart and vicious. What's not to love?

Samara Weaving is hot. She's breaking out right now, having starred in the Netflix original film, The Babysitter, another super-campy horror/comedy. She's also in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which is garnering a lot of festival praise, and rave reviews. My only concern for Ms. Weaving, is her similarities to Margot Robbie. There's a VERY similar look, and style, which could be a blessing and a curse. I will say this, I like her. I think we will be seeing more of her. There's just something there.

When I enjoy a flick, it's hard for me to pick out the flaws. I'm sure there are some, but nothing so glaring, that it takes away from the film, in any way. Except, maybe, one small (?) plot point. I felt like they hinted that the office was deliberately exposed to the virus, a kind of revenge plot, but it was never explained? Unless I missed it, a midst all the ultra-violent carnage?

Overall, I liked this movie a lot. If you like your violence ultra, and you like your comedy dark, you'll probably like this flick too! RATING FOR THIS FILM IS: 3 and half Stars!