An afternoon at the mall for a diverse group of people turns into various levels of nightmare when Malcolm (James Frecheville) arrives with a bag full of weapons. He’s looking to get even with his former boss (Peter Stormare), who he blames for ruining his life. While every other person hears about the attack after leaving the mall, or finds themselves fleeing during the madness, each person is touched in a different way by this one act of violence.

Directed by Joseph Hahn, a member of the bank Linkin Park, Mall is an incredibly downbeat film, and feels very much like an extended music video. Based on a novel by Eric Bogosian, the film is filled with unlikeable characters who border on insane, obnoxious, or mindless. There’s Jeff (Cameron Monaghan), the quote spouting youth who seems disgusted by the world around, but does nothing to try to better himself or his life. Danny (Vincent D’Onofrio), a peeping pervert who finds himself left handcuffed after the cops arresting him are shot by Malcolm, and who is eventually left to the mercy of the sexually psychotic Adelle (India Menuez). Adelle also happens to be the girl who Jeff is obsessed with, even though everything he seems to hate should apply to her. Finally, there’s Donna (Gina Gershon), a bored housewife that Jeff meets in a bar before heading to her hotel room for a sexual encounter.

Nobody in the film has a redeeming quality to share between them, and watching them is rather difficult. The most terrible things happen to the characters who are actually the least deserving of them, which winds up creating this uncomfortable reality in the film, perhaps closer to actual reality than we may like to admit. The film also features many moments of digital distortion, like having a characters head turn into a wolf head. It’s a little bit confusing, and makes you think that something is actually wrong with the movie at first.

There isn’t exactly a point to the film, or if there is, it’s hard to find. Terrible people do terrible things before heading back to their regular lives, probably to continue doing awful things to those around them. That’s not exactly an inspiring message.