Mayhem

Synopsis: Matias Caruso penned the script, which tells the story of a virus that infects a corporate law office on the day attorney Derek Saunders (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. Info from variety
Director(s): Joe Lynch
Production: RLJE Films
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.3
Metacritic:
62
Rotten Tomatoes:
82%
UNRATED
Year:
2017
86 min
160 Views


Derek:
Say hello

to idiosa dartellum 7,

or the ID-7 virus.

Nasty-looking

little fucker, huh?

For the uninitiated,

the ID-7 strain makes

stress hormone levels rise,

blocks neural paths,

essentially attacking our ID

and throwing off

a very important balance

in our brains...

The balance between

emotions and reason

that keep us

from doing stupid shit,

thinks like punching

your boss in the face when angry

or fucking your date

in public when horny.

That balance

is temporarily severed,

causing inhibitions to drop

and basic instincts

to rise to the surface

as the infected fall victim

to what experts call

emotional hijacking.

Social media has tagged it

the red-eye virus

for obvious reasons.

So in a nutshell,

basic human dignity

takes a sick leave.

The first reported case

of the red-eye virus

occurred 18 months ago

in des moines, Iowa,

and quickly spread

around the world.

Since then, there have been

over 1,000 confirmed outbreaks

reported globally,

over half of which

are in the United States alone.

The CDC is optimistic they can

contain the virus immediately

through mandated quarantines,

and the nation

will be virus-free

by the end of the year

as antibodies are being

aggressively tested.

They also state the virus

isn't lethal,

which is technically true.

But while the virus can't kill,

the infected, or redders, can.

Introducing Mr. nevil Reed,

the first redder to be

officially cleared for murder.

Derek:

His legal defense alleged

that those infected

with the ID-7 strain

can't control their emotions

and therefore are not liable

for the resulting actions.

And thanks to a loophole,

the case was dismissed.

So nevil lost his shit,

stabbed a co-worker repeatedly

in the face till dead

and walked

thanks a doctor's note.

God bless the justice system.

Welcome to the home of

towers & Smythe consulting,

the corporate scumbags hired

by the bigger corporate scumbags

in the landmark nevil Reed case.

Tsc is a firm fueled by greed,

duplicity, and moral decay,

a place that ironically screens

their job applicants

for honesty, loyalty,

and integrity.

Qualities I had in spades

when I was fresh-faced

and ready to take on the world

my first day here.

And here's me

six months later...

late nights,

no respect, the bad coffee,

all the shit that comes

with paying your dues.

But none of it

could slow me down.

I was striving for the success

my family never had,

a seat at the big kids' table

with all the fixings,

all while paying back

those goddamn student loans.

But the higher I rose,

the more I felt like I was

losing myself in the process.

And after discovering that

loophole that won the Reed case,

the requisite promotion

quickly followed.

But by then, it didn't matter

that I thought

he was guilty as f*ck.

I just wanted the corner office.

And for my sins,

they gave me one.

What a dick.

Towers and Smythe.

Man:
I mean, how fucking stupid

can you get?

- I'm sorry. I...

- oh, you're sorry?

I don't fucking pay you

to be fucking sorry, Jenny.

- Morning, hey. Morning, hey.

- Not now, Derek.

Dude, you got to see this.

You got to see this.

- Come over here.

- What's up?

I just got this today.

Oh, man, last year's

Christmas party.

That looks like you.

Yeah. That's you.

Where'd you get that?

Oh, I googled

"a small-dick douche

makes assistant work hard

for fake promise of a raise,"

and it was just, like, top

search result, like, number one.

Listen, leave her alone

or I'll sell this to your wife

for half of the half she'll get

from your divorce.

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Matías Caruso

Matias Caruso is an Argentinean writer who broke out when “Carnival” made the Black List. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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