Mayhem (2017)

Unrated   |    |  Action, Comedy, Horror

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A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.




  • Claire Dellamar in Mayhem (2017)
  • Mark Frost in Mayhem (2017)
  • Joe Lynch in Mayhem (2017)
  • Samara Weaving in Mayhem (2017)
  • Mark Frost in Mayhem (2017)
  • Samara Weaving and Steven Yeun in Mayhem (2017)

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19 May 2019 | Jeremy_Urquhart
| Bit Of A Let Down
So this is one of those "tries to do lots of genres at once" type movies, and they're usually my favourite. The problem here wasn't so much that it felt particularly uneven or tonally conflicted: it was more just that for all the genres it dipped its toes into, it didn't really satisfy in any of them.

Was there comedy? Kind of, but I barely cracked a smile more than once or twice. Was there action? Kind of, but it wasn't particularly well-choreographed or satisfying or memorable. Was there horror? I mean... not really; I wasn't scared for a second about anything. Was there satire? Yes, but nothing the movie said was particularly exciting or substantive. Was it effective as a thriller? Sort of, in the sense that it was fast-paced and structurally sound.

However, the rest of the writing faltered, as the characters were mostly very simple, the dialogue stilted and predictable, and the resolution a little rushed. Steven Yuen does a very good job however and deserved a much better script to work with. Him, the solid direction, and the fact that the movie is not boring and moves at a good pace are a few of the reasons that keep me from wanting to call this movie "bad."

It was all just a little underwhelming, and I can't see myself remembering much about it at all by this time next week.

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