Mayhem (2017)

Director: Joe Lynch

Writer: Matias Caruso (Screenplay)

Starring: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand, Caroline Chikezie, Kerry Fox, Dallas Roberts, Mark Frost, Claire Dellamar

 

Plot: A virus spreads through an office complex causing white collar workers to act out their worst impulses.


Tagline – Hostile. Work. Environment.

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Chaotic Fun

 

Story: Mayhem starts as we enter the world where there is a virus that hits the stress levels of the victims turning them into violent sociopaths. Derek Cho (Yeun) tells us how the virus has hit offices before and how he has been rising up the rankings of the law firm, but today is different, the stress levels have increased in the building and Derek is being fired for a mistake which isn’t his.

The virus hits the building before Derek leaves giving the people in the building 8 hours before the cure kicks in as the people must stay quarantined. Derek teams up with disgruntled client Melanie Cross (Weaving) to take out the members of staff that have ruined his career.

 

Thoughts on Mayhem

 

Characters – Derek Cho has worked his way up the law firm for years, he went from fresh faced newcomer to worn out stressed out employee, he does have to make difficult decisions that will hurt people and has enemies above him in the firm. Once he is infected with the virus he uses all his pent-up stress and rage to get even on his bosses that have walked all over him and fired him. Melanie Cross is a client that is about to lose her house, she gets trapped in the building with Derek and joins him in a battle to get revenge on the people who are going to make her homeless. John Towers is the boss that will fire anyone who can be blamed for a problem in the firm including Derek.

PerformancesSteven Yeun fresh out of the Walking Dead gets a leading role in this film and he does a great job getting into the psychical moments through the film. Samara Weaving is making a big name for herself in the action horror style movies, she is a joy to watch with the twisted smile only adding to her character. Steven Brand is an actor you can always put into a villainous role and enjoy, with the rest of the cast fitting the type of crazy we needed.

StoryThe story here shows us the effects of a virus which increases stress turning it into rage to unless the violence they have towards other employees. The story introduces the idea that this can happen randomly, it can be cured after a limit time and you can’t be charged for anything you do while under the influence. It does offer a fantasy idea that people you work with who annoy you could get what they deserve, but we can’t do that without an excuse like the story here offers. This is just one day at work when someone gets pushed too far and, in the end, gets an excuse for doing anything he wants.

Action/ComedyThe action in the film is aggressive bloody fights which do feel over-the-top which adds to the enjoyment of this film. the twisted comedy in the film shows us just how much enjoyment Melanie is getting from the day.

SettingsThe film is set within the single location, a law firm building, the people can’t escape until they are cured and this helps with the fighting as it involves the rise up the floors to the people he wants to get too.

Special EffectsThe effects through this film are practical ones for the most part, they show us the affects of the fight between the people in the building.


Scene of the Movie –
Put the music on.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The virus is slightly confusing with how different people react.

Final ThoughtsThis is a beautifully over the top action comedy, it does let people fantasise the ideas of working with people you don’t get on with and what you sometimes wish you could do to them.

 

Overall: This is an enjoyable action comedy.

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Inventing Tomorrow (2018)

Director: Laura Nix

 

Plot: Meet passionate teenage innovators from around the globe who are creating cutting-edge solutions to confront the world’s environmental threats – found right in their own backyards – while navigating the doubts and insecurities that mark adolescence. Take a journey with these inspiring teens as they prepare their projects for the largest convening of high school scientists in the world, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), a program of the Society for Science and the Public.

 

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Makes the Future Feel Bright

 

Thoughts on Inventing Tomorrow

 

ThoughtsWe get to see teenagers from around the globe, two from Indonesia who are planning against the illegal dredging of the coast of their island, one from Hawaii who has been studying the arsenic levels after tsunamis have moved the original areas. We have one from Indian who is from a city which has grown beyond its capabilities and now the once great clear lake is a sewage wasteland. We got three from Monterrey Mexico who has worried about the air pollution. These teenagers are all preparing to head to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to see if the younger generation could offer the answers to the big problems to their corners of the world.

We do follow just the four different locations and it could easily have followed 100s to 1000s of different projects, which shows us the promise that we are getting to see from the next generation of scientists and problem solvers, these young people are giving up large parts of their childhood just for this moment to try and make a change to first, their cities and soon the world.

The biggest plus side of this comes from seeing both male and female teenagers given this chance, we know in the past in some of the countries we are visiting we won’t have seen these opportunities for the young women to share their ideas. We do get to focus more on the idea of the next generation of minds over a true study of the ideas they are planning which is good, because certain elements of the science could easily go over people’s heads.

For a documentary this is one of the most educational any adult could have, because it shows ideas can come from different locations around the world, for children this could motivate them to be the ones to make the difference in the future. This is one of the inspirational passionate driven documentary, it doesn’t tell us a story of what happened, it tells us how we could find the solutions to the world’s biggest problems.

 

Overall: Must watch documentary that will bring hope for the future of our planet.

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