Last year’s The Belko Experiment, which came from a script by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, opened to pretty mixed reviews, but fans of gore were pretty unanimous in their love for the film’s twisted violence and ruthlessly plotted story of 80 office employees who are suddenly thrust into a fight for survival, where only one will make it out alive. Now, we’re getting a movie called Mayhem, which features a similar idea of office workers who are trapped inside of a building and end up killing each other, except it goes with a virus plot instead of The Belko Experiment‘s “game” at the center of the action.
Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) 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 (Samara Weaving) who has a grudge of her own, Derek savagely fights tooth and nail to get to the executives on the top floor and settle the score once and for all.
It’s interesting because where the villains in The Belko Experiment existed only to incite violence, the villain in Lynch’s film is, depending on how you look at it, either the virus or the worst impulses in each of us. I like that there’s no imperative to kill and that it happens because of a sickness that causes everybody to go crazy, but I’m hoping this one follows through on providing the gore and creatively staged kills we’ve come to expect from movies like this. At the very least, we’re hoping it has a wicked sense of humor.
Mayhem comes to VOD and theaters on November 10th!
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