Horror is king right now. Within horror, survival horror is big right now. From the slew of home invasion movies of the past few years to recent gems like The Belko Experiment, something about survival connects with audiences in this era of Trump. A new flick just hitting shelves takes the template for the zombie movie and mashes it with the flair of The Belko Experiment for a crazy ride starring The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Mayhem.
Derek Cho (Yeun) is having a bad day. After being unjustly fired but before he can leave the building, the entire law firm gets locked down in a quarantine from a mysterious and volatile virus. Madness erupts within the building as employees get infected making them act out their wildest impulses, many times resulting in violent murder. Derek joins with former client Melanie Cross (Samara Weaving) to settle their grudges as they siege the building to reach the executives on the top floor and settle the score.
Mayhem is a blast. While not quite as fast paced or well written as The Belko Experiment, Mayhem still packs a punch with the relatable story of underlings finally getting the chance to exact revenge on the higher ups. While the survival aspects are action packed, lots of fun and often filled with well done gore, the real reason to check out Mayhem is the powerhouse duo of Yeun and Weaving. They make a great pair with Yeun especially proving he has what it takes to deliver some great performances outside of The Walking Dead. He is charismatic and relatable and I sincerely hope he gets more roles in more genres in the future. Director Joe Lynch is another element that needs to get more work post-Mayhem. With a couple of great indie cult flicks under his belt that are very underappreciated (Knights of Badassdom & Everly), Lynch has a great eye and a twisted vision that could really do great things if given a chance and a budget. Mayhem his recommended for a fun movie night for sure.