This fabulously blood-drenched combo of apocalyptic virus thriller and viciously funny corporate satire slayed 'em at SXSW. Now it's our turn.
Talk about a tough day at the office. Ambitious lawyer Derek Cho (Steven Yeun, The Walking Dead, Okja screening at SFF this year) is framed for dismissal by a calculating superior. If that's not bad enough the firm's gleaming office tower then becomes infected by ID7, a virus that causes victims to lose all inhibitions. As rampant fornication and unbridled bloodlust erupt in the quarantined building, Derek meets disgruntled client Melanie (Aussie star Samara Weaving). So begins a fast and furious tale in which the unlikely duo must slaughter their way to the top floor and demand justice from those corrupt scumbag executives who done them wrong. Director Joe Lynch (Everly, 2014) and writer Matias Caruso, please take a bow.
A smartly constructed and sardonically funny indie with attitude that somehow manages the tricky feat of being exuberantly over the top even as it remains consistently on target. – Joe Leydon, Variety
With great lead performances by Steven Yeun and Samara Weaving, a great musical score by Steve Moore, and great bloody action masterminded by director Joe Lynch, Mayhem is almost too much fun. – Peter Martin, Screen Anarchy
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