One of my favorite films of the year has finally hit Blu Ray and 4K disc. Mayhem from director Joe Lynch stars Steven Yeun as Derek Cho who is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that the law firm’s building is under quarantine for a mysterious and dangerous virus. Chaos erupts throughout the office as the victims of the disease begin acting out their wildest impulses. Joining forces with a former client Melanie (Samara Weaving) who has a grudge of her own, Derek and Melanie savagely fight tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all.
We had the pleasure of seeing Mayhem back in August on the big screen at Popcorn Frights and this is what I had said about it back then “The film I was most excited to see in the fest did not disappoint one bit. Director Joe Lynch was in attendance to introduce the film and his energy carried directly over into what was on screen. Mayhem stars Steven Yeun (yes, Glenn from Walking Dead) as lawyer Derek Cho, who is just so damn likable that the moment he appeared on screen for the first time he received cheers and applause from the Popcorn Frights audience. The story without getting into spoiler territory revolves around a virus that infects everyone in Dereks’ office building causes people to lose control of their inhibitions and act on their most tempting instincts, many of them violent. After he is wrongly terminated from his job due to a frame up by the higher ups, some shady and violent stuff goes down, forcing him to take matters into his own hands and fight his way to the top to exact justice from his corporate oppressors. That is really all you need to know as far as the plot goes, Yeun and his co-star and partner in chaos Melanie (played by Samara Weaving) have an amazing chemistry and it is this chemistry that makes the film such a great watch. You really are rooting for these two from the second they decide to team up. Both performances are pitch perfect. Yeun being such a great actor and as previously mentioned likable, you don’t think twice when rooting for him even when he is doing horrible (but justified) things. Mayhem’s violence and action is all perfectly balanced with the right amount of heart and humor, while Steve Moore (The Guest) delivers a fantastic and pulsating synth score that elevates everything on screen to another level a lesser score would not have achieved. Mayhem is an exciting and fun film that everyone should check out once it releases. The crowd cheered loud for it when all was said and done and we were all treated to a great in depth Q&A session with Joe once it was finished. It should be noted that Mayhem also won the Popcorn Frights Audience Award for best of the fest.”
The home release of Mayhem’s special features include 3 extras which are as follows:
Creating MAYHEM: The Making of the Film – A short but informative featurette that includes cast and director interviews, coupled with behind the scenes footage. Usually these are just fluff pieces but this one showcases the passion and love that went into making the film better than most.
The Collected Works of Derek Cho – A very short recap of the paintings that Steven Yeun’s character Derek creates during the film.
Technical Commentary with Director Joe Lynch, Director of Photography Steve Gainer & Editor Josh Ethier – A very informative heavy commentary which is both entertaining and insightful. It details much of the effort and passion that went into creating the film while really getting down to the nitty gritty of creating a film of this type. Absolutely worth a listen and the best feature here. If you are interested in the film making process then this is a must hear.
Overall Mayhem is one of the must see films of the year. It is just so entertaining and at times also very cathartic and even inspiring that it is hard not to root for it’s main characters, filmmakers and the film itself. Highest Recommendation!