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. 

In the gray place, we initially find her, Ana quietly tries to get through each day. She rejects the spotlight while quietly, humbly, trying to help others. Nonetheless, she repeatedly catches the literal abusive ire of her boss.

He yells at, threatens, and degrades her. He follows her into a dark freezer in one scene, leaving us outside to imagine what he’s doing to her. 

The movie never states it outright but does make clear that whatever he’s done, it left bruises.

Through the oven lies a lush golden-tinged island where Marsha (Mia Goth) is the de facto leader of a collection of wronged women. Although we are left to assume the island is well populated, we only see a small collection of recruits.