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'Mayhem' Movie Review Starring Steven Yuen + Samara Weaving

Overlooked and underrated movies are speckled amongst the sea of bad horror. Allow me to steer you in the direction of some good films.

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What's is Mayhem About?

In the Mayhem movie, a virus has emerged nicknamed the 'Red Eye Virus.' It causes those infected to have their id hijacked. The Cambridge dictionary defines the id as:

The deepest part of the unconscious mind that represents the most basic natural human needs and emotions such as hunger, anger, and the wish for pleasure.

Derek works in a dog-eat-dog corporate law firm. Derek wants success, but being successful at Towers and Smythe Consulting means you have to swim with the big fish.

And the big fish just fired him.

When the virus is inside the building and everyone is under quarantine, what will Derek do?

That smirk Samara Weaving, smirking done to perfection. #Mayhem #SamaraWeaving #StevenYuen #Horror #Movies #Reviews#JoeLynch

That smirk Samara Weaving, smirking done to perfection. #Mayhem #SamaraWeaving #StevenYuen #Horror #Movies #Reviews#JoeLynch

Mayhem Facts and Trivia

Director: Joe Lynch.

Writer: Matius Caruso.

Date of Release: November 2017.

Genre: Horror with some comedic relief and tonnes of action.

Country of Origin: USA.

Fun Facts:

  • Steven Yuen plays Derek Cho, he was also cast as my favourite character Glen Rhee on The Walking Dead (TV Series.) I adore him and when I saw the trailer for this film, I eagerly awaited its release and rented Mayhem because I had to see it as soon as possible.
  • In the opening scene there are two people having sex, they are in a real life relationship and were actually having sex.
  • Due to a limited budget, the movie was made in 25 days.
Queen of the mean girls squad,Caroline Chikezie plays The Siren. What would you do if someone stole your favorite coffee mug on purpose? #CarolineChikezie #Horror #JoeLynch

Queen of the mean girls squad,Caroline Chikezie plays The Siren. What would you do if someone stole your favorite coffee mug on purpose? #CarolineChikezie #Horror #JoeLynch

My Thoughts on Mayhem

I love movies that use voice-over narration. From Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) to American Psycho (2000) the technique provides an inside glimpse into a character that we wouldn't normally see. When Mayhem begins, Yuen who stars as Derek is talking about how he feels about his life and his view of the Red Eye Virus.

The cinematography from Steve Gainer was superb. At times I felt like I was watching the virus use Derek as its puppet along with everyone else in the office. Camera angles and close up's caused the film to take on an almost video game-like feel, later underpinned with referrals to locating keys to reach higher levels which are 'gamer-talk.'

What I adored about this film was that it was reminiscent of the sentiment in the movie Office Space (1999). The workplace a thankless arena that kills your soul. Mayhem is one of my favorite virus movies. This is a virus that unencumbers your inhibitions. These same free-spirited people are then given nail guns, circular saws and access to the underpaid guy in I.T.

Many will hone in on the want to punch out that nasty co-worker or throw down with the office jerk and that's where this film finds success. We have a hero to cheer for in Derek and it's impossible to want him to lose.

The violence is not restrained in director Joe Lynch's film. If you have seen any of his other works such as Wrong Turn 2 (2007) or his mini-series 12 Deadly Days (2016) you will be aware that the man loves a good spatter and this is no exception. I found this film took on a badass coolness that only Steven Yuen could bring. Yuen's performance teamed with Samara Weaving's cold maniacal smirk, was amazing. There was an aspect of crazed comical effervescence bubbling out of them. I couldn't get enough.

Samara Weaving was in The Babysitter (2017) a Netflix original and I love her in a sadistic killer role. I was equally excited when she appeared as a disgruntled, heavy metal-loving client in Mayhem. She is great. The chemistry between Yuen and Weaving was amazing. So much so, after most of a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon, I wanted them to get married in real-life and have babies. I'm joking of course, but I hope they team up again in the future.

What Are the Flaws in Mayhem?

So was there a flaw in his movie? I will have to give a resounding No!

It's without a doubt my favorite film for 2017. I have seen people compare this to The Belko Experiment (2017) but this is nothing like that. The only thing the two movies have in common is that they use an office as a location.

Mayhem's tongue-in-punched-out-cheek at its absolute cracking best.

I give Mayhem, 5 Motorhead loving, nail gun-toting queens out of 5.

Which Mayhem Character Are You?

For each question, choose the best answer for you.

  1. When the proverbial poop hits the ceiling fan, what is your plan?
    • I am great at covering my tracks, no-one will know I was involved.
    • I am awesome at finding the solution to any problem.
    • I will find the bastard that made the mess and make them pay.
    • Talk it out. Someone will help me fix it, I am pretty good looking.
  2. When getting coffee at work, do you use a special mug, or just take one in the cupboard?
    • I don't drink coffee, I prefer other forms of pick-me-up.
    • I bring my coffee from Starbucks.
    • I get my assistant to pick the cleanest mug from the cupboard.
    • I use the one my mom/sister/brother/boyfriend/girlfriend bought me. Everyone knows it's mine.
  3. What sort of music do you prefer when in your car?
    • I don't have a car, I have a chauffeur.
    • Heavy metal. I like Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeath.
    • I like guitarists who sing inspiring songs like The Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and Jack Johnson.
    • Whatever is playing when I'm with someone I am trying to impress is my favourite music.
  4. How far will you go to get what you want?
    • I always put in 100%. People will recognize value when they see it.
    • I would beg, borrow, cheat or bribe anyone who can help me get what I want.
    • I will see if someone else can get me what I want and if they can't I will find someone who can.
    • Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but often other people will step in and help me get what I want.

Scoring

For each answer you selected, add up the indicated number of points for each of the possible results. Your final result is the possibility with the greatest number of points at the end.

  1. When the proverbial poop hits the ceiling fan, what is your plan?
    • I am great at covering my tracks, no-one will know I was involved.
      • The Siren!: +5
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: +1
      • John Towers!: +2
    • I am awesome at finding the solution to any problem.
      • The Siren!: +3
      • Derek!: +5
      • Melanie!: -1
      • John Towers!: +2
    • I will find the bastard that made the mess and make them pay.
      • The Siren!: +4
      • Derek!: +1
      • Melanie!: +2
      • John Towers!: +5
    • Talk it out. Someone will help me fix it, I am pretty good looking.
      • The Siren!: +4
      • Derek!: +3
      • Melanie!: +5
      • John Towers!: -1
  2. When getting coffee at work, do you use a special mug, or just take one in the cupboard?
    • I don't drink coffee, I prefer other forms of pick-me-up.
      • The Siren!: -1
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: -1
      • John Towers!: +5
    • I bring my coffee from Starbucks.
      • The Siren!: -1
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: +5
      • John Towers!: +4
    • I get my assistant to pick the cleanest mug from the cupboard.
      • The Siren!: +5
      • Derek!: 0
      • Melanie!: 0
      • John Towers!: +4
    • I use the one my mom/sister/brother/boyfriend/girlfriend bought me. Everyone knows it's mine.
      • The Siren!: -1
      • Derek!: +5
      • Melanie!: 0
      • John Towers!: -1
  3. What sort of music do you prefer when in your car?
    • I don't have a car, I have a chauffeur.
      • The Siren!: +1
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: -1
      • John Towers!: +5
    • Heavy metal. I like Motorhead, Metallica, Slayer and Megadeath.
      • The Siren!: -1
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: +5
      • John Towers!: -1
    • I like guitarists who sing inspiring songs like The Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam and Jack Johnson.
      • The Siren!: +2
      • Derek!: +5
      • Melanie!: -1
      • John Towers!: -1
    • Whatever is playing when I'm with someone I am trying to impress is my favourite music.
      • The Siren!: +5
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: -1
      • John Towers!: -1
  4. How far will you go to get what you want?
    • I always put in 100%. People will recognize value when they see it.
      • The Siren!: -2
      • Derek!: +5
      • Melanie!: +4
      • John Towers!: -2
    • I would beg, borrow, cheat or bribe anyone who can help me get what I want.
      • The Siren!: +5
      • Derek!: +1
      • Melanie!: +1
      • John Towers!: +4
    • I will see if someone else can get me what I want and if they can't I will find someone who can.
      • The Siren!: +4
      • Derek!: -1
      • Melanie!: +1
      • John Towers!: +5
    • Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, but often other people will step in and help me get what I want.
      • The Siren!: -2
      • Derek!: +4
      • Melanie!: +5
      • John Towers!: -2

This table shows the meaning of each possible result:

The Siren!

You didn't get where you are by playing fair. Sometimes it's easier to find friends in high places so that you always look more important than you are. If this were a basketball court, you would have paid off the referee to look the other way while you tripped over the goal-shooter. People don't like you very much but that's okay because you will never know how they feel.

Derek!

You are the office good-guy. Eventually you will clamber to the top of the ladder, but for now you are stuck firmly halfway up and halfway down, treading water. You stay late and come in early, and for what... so that one of your co-workers can take all the credit for your ideas? It's time to fluff those feathers and speak a little louder, because nice guys finish last - unless they are Derek and a virus allows you to kill anyone who has been mean to you at work. Work will always be there, but friends and family sometimes get sick and tired that you choose work over them.

Melanie!

Your good looks and pleasant nature has given you everything in life that you need. Problems come and problems go but there is always a good Samaritan who appears out of no-where that helps you find the solution you need. You are cool, sassy and likeable. You have heaps of friends and you always will because people just like being around you.

John Towers!

You delegate with power, fear and whatever it takes so that you always come out in front. People think your drug habits are completely insane but you will never know how they feel because you think no-one knows. You should probably look in the mirror from time to time, though, and wipe that powder off your nose. You have authority wherever you are and automatically lead any scenario you arrive in.

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