Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Purge

The premise for this film is terrifying. the World, or more so the United States, is in harmony – practically no unemployment or crime throughout the year. How have they achieved this? The Founding Fathers in the US have started an annual event whereby people can go and commit whatever crimes they want, without consequence, within in a set 12 hour period – the annual Purge. Mainly murder it seems is the crime of choice as indicated at the beginning of the movie with a montage of ‘CCTV footage’ scenes. It's okay if you’re rich because you can afford the security system to protect yourself! Or is it?  The night of the Purge anything can happen and anyone could be after you. A night that really gives an excuse to all the psychopaths out there to go and do whatever they want. But everyone understands why the night is needed!!

When you see Ethan Hawke in this you may remember that he was in a very similar film, in a similar role in 2005 – the Assault on Precinct 13 remake. Barricaded in a police station under attack by criminals who want to kill him. Same story with The Purge, but set in a house, in the future, and he has his family to protect. I thought this would be a hard one to watch given its topic, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought and given the nature of horror movies nowadays this one is quite mild in comparison.