Review: ‘Mayday’ Unreally Contemplates Extremism and the Patriarchy

Mayday immediately sets its stage with a vague sense of unreality. Our protagonist Ana (Grace Van Patten) awakens in a car on what appears to be a pier adjacent warehouse district.

While things will get stranger, what with Ana crawling through an oven in a burning basement on her way to swimming to a magic island, we already feel ourselves unmoored from time and location.

The island’s vague magic properties bring about many changes. For example, everyone except Ana’s memories of their past lives fade to nothing, with only the notion that men hurt them repeatedly seeming to remain.

In addition, they gain abilities they seemed to lack in their previous lives, such as becoming a natural swimmer, gaining night vision, or becoming a sharpshooter without a moment of practice.

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