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Mayhem (2017)

Unrated | | Action, Comedy, Horror | 10 November 2017 (USA)
A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.


Joe Lynch


Matias Caruso
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Steven Yeun ... Derek Cho
Samara Weaving ... Melanie Cross
Steven Brand ... John 'The Boss' Towers
Caroline Chikezie ... Kara 'The Siren' Powell
Kerry Fox ... Irene Smythe
Dallas Roberts ... Lester 'The Reaper' McGill
Mark Frost ... Ewan Niles
Claire Dellamar ... Meg
André Eriksen ... Colton 'The Bull' Snyder
Nikola Kent ... Oswald
Lucy Chappell ... Jenny
Olja Hrustic ... CDC Official
Vladan Mirkovic Vladan Mirkovic ... SWAT Commander
Bojan Peric Bojan Peric ... Miles
Annamaria Serda ... Brenda


Mayhem tells the story of a virus that infects a corporate law office on the day attorney Derek Cho (Yeun) is framed by a co-worker and wrongfully fired. The infection is capable of making people act out their wildest impulses. Trapped in the quarantined building, our hero is forced to savagely fight tooth and nail for not only his job but his life. Written by abothin

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Hostile. Work. Environment.


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Did You Know?


Around the 1 hour mark, when Melanie (Samara Weaving) takes off her top, she reveals a Metal shirt by the Death Metal band The Black Dahlia Murder, with the cover art from the Nocturnal album. Director Joe Lynch is a fan of Heavy Metal, which is audible and visible in most of his movies. See more »


Melanie Cross: My mother used to say that no one raindrop ever thought it caused the flood. I now know what she meant by that.
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References Half Baked (1998) See more »


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Not extreme enough.
24 October 2018 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

I'm sure most people working in a busy office environment have, at some point, had that waking dream where they go postal, slaughtering their colleagues in an orgy of uncontrolled violence (or is it just me?). In Mayhem, an entire workforce flips out thanks to the ID-7 virus, which removes inhibitions, allowing basic instincts to rise to the surface. Quarantined in his office building for eight hours while an antidote takes effect, recently fired attorney Derek Cho (Yeun) uses the opportunity to even the score with the company's bosses, knowing that he won't be held accountable for his actions. Together with a disgruntled client, Melanie Cross (Samara Weaving), Derek tries to get to the uppermost floor (where his 'superiors' work) maiming or killing anyone who gets in his way.

When a film is titled Mayhem, I expect just that: absolute chaos, with the sex and violence pushed to the limit. Director Joe Lynch's film has its moments, but for the most part I couldn't help but feel that it pulled its punches, never quite achieving the level of outrageousness that such a wild concept requires. There is plenty of 'stylish' violence, but it isn't all that graphic, while the sex scene between Derek and Melanie is completely devoid of nudity (clothes-on movie sex is so lame). Also, Derek and Melanie seem to be in complete control of their faculties when it suits the plot, which further undermines the basic premise.

With an excess of graphic gore and gratuitous nudity, this mix of The Belko Experiment, 28 Days Later, and The Raid could have been a classic; as it stands, it's not as good as any of those films. Oh, and Samara Weaving's scream is just bizarre.

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Release Date:

10 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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