Mayhem (2017)

Mayhem
Director: Joe Lynch
Writer: Matias Caruso
Cast: Steven YeunSamara WeavingSteven BrandCaroline ChikezieKerry FoxDallas Roberts
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 22.9.2017
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Plot:
Derek (Steven Yeun) is an attorney for a big law firm. Or rather, he was. He was just fired for a mistake he was framed for. As he still grapples with that fact, the office building is put under quarantine: a virus has spread in the building – a virus that makes everybody lose their impulse control. This provides Derek with the perfect opportunity to face the executives and give them a piece of his mind. And he doesn’t even have to do it alone: as luck will have it, disgruntled client Melanie (Samara Weaving) has her own plans with the executives.

Mayhem is incredibly entertaining and fun. It breezes along from one bloody, gorey scene to the next, leaving no space for a second of boredom.

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Okja (2017)

Okja
Director: Joon-ho Bong
Writer: Joon-ho Bong, Jon Ronson
Cast: Seo-Hyun AhnHee-Bong ByunTilda SwintonGiancarlo EspositoJake GyllenhaalShirley HendersonSteven YeunPaul DanoLily CollinsJeong-eun Lee
Seen on: 12.7.2017
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Plot:
Mija (Seo-Hyun Ahn) lives with her grandfather Hee Bong (Hee-Bong Byun) and with Okja. Okja is a genetically modified breed of superpigs. To see how the animals fare, twelve of them have been placed in various situations worldwide to see what environment suits them best. It turns out that Okja is the winner. That means that they find themselves confronted with nature filmer Johnny Wilcox (Jake Gyllenhaal) who has been sent by the corporation Okja actually belongs to to publicize the result of the contest. But even though Wilcox is not the most charming individual, he quickly becomes the least of Mija’s problems as she has to fight for Okja and their life together.

Okja is sweet and it has a great cast. It has a political message that it puts front and center, but unfortunately that message is muddled at the best of times and incomprehensible at other times. When you make a film that so obviously has something to say, when that something remains that unclear, the entire experience is frustrating and nothing else.

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