DVD Review: MAYHEM

MAYHEM was directed by Joe Lynch, the feature film debut from writer Matias Caruso stars Steven YeunSamara WeavingSteven Brand, Dallas Roberts, Claire Dellamar, Caroline Chikezie and André Eriksen.

Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) 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 (Samara Weaving) 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.

Mayhem follows Derek Cho (Steven Yeun), a promising young attorney who gets terminated from his job and this doesn’t set well with him at all. To top this bad news off, there’s also an outbreak going on inside the building he works in and everyone ends up under quarantine so they’re all trapped inside as this mysterious virus spreads. It’s called the “Red Eye” and if infected it amplies the rage and anger within the host and they become extremely violent. Well, Derek is one of many who becomes infected so he decides to get some sweet-ass revenge on his former employer John Towers (Steven Brand) and starts to make his way to the top floor. Derek also teams up with Melanie Cross (Samara Weaving) and the two of them battle their way up the corporate ladder until Derek comes face to face with the sleazy executive who did him wrong. Derek ultimately settles his personal vendetta against the corporate scourge that wronged him and the virus finally plays out.

Okay, Mayhem ended up being a mixture of horror and comedy with a little action thrown in. The entire movie takes place inside this building as the viewer gets to watch all of these people get infected and take their frustrations out on others. This mysterious “Red Eye” virus spreads like the plague as it makes its rounds while everyone inside becomes infected. This infection not only amplies their rage and anger but this is also where the dark humor in the movie comes from and the brutality of it all is what’s so funny. I know it sound sick but it’s fun watching them go at it with each other. There’s also a lot of blood and gore to go along with the violence so the gore hounds out there should definitely be satisfied. If you enjoy movies like Office Space and The Belko Experiment then your really gonna dig Mayhem because it’s a mixture of the two.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and specs. The DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Mayhem was a really entertaining watch that’s a mixture of horror and comedy with a lot of extreme violence added to the mix. The story was interesting and the small cast did a great job with their characters who were so much fun to follow. Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving portray these two individuals that have been wronged and it’s crazy cool watching them get their revenge. Steven Brand does a really good job as the corporate big wig who doesn’t care about anyone but himself and he ultimately gets a heavy dose of karma in the end. I’ve enjoyed Joe Lynch’s movies over the years and Mayhem is definitely one of his best outings to date. This one doesn’t hold back and it’s as brutal as it is funny and I know that sounds like a weird combination but the two really do go together and Lynch captures it all on screen. This movie is wild roller coaster ride up the corporate ladder that’s full of blood, gore and twisted humor. Mayhem will be available on DVD on December 26th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: RLJE Films

Run Time: 87 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a making of featurette and art promo.

  • “Creating MAYHEM: The Making of the Film” (11:54)
  • The Collected Works of Derek Cho (01:25)
  • Audio Commentary with director Joe Lynch, Director of Photography Steve Gainer & Editor Josh Ethier

 

 

 

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