Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane
Plot: Documenting the annual Purge where any criminal activity, including murder, is permitted by the law with no offense for 12 hours. A wealthy family–Sandins–becomes the target of many people participating in the Purge.
Review: In all honesty, I only gave it a 2 simply for the acknowledgement of being an original idea. When I first saw previews for this film, I was stoked because I thought the concept was brilliant. However, looking at it as a whole (the plot), I could tell it wasn’t going to be good. But being a huge horror/thriller fan, I had to go see it. Unfortunately, it just confirmed how terrible I thought it’d be. It had a weak plot line and character development, and was predictable. Without putting spoilers, I’ll just put it like this: the plot revolves around one character’s stupid decision (which in my opinion is one of the weakest routes to go because it doesn’t allow the plot to stand on it’s own or leave any suspense). I think if the writer delved more into the concept of the Purge, I think it could’ve been a phenomenal film. Also, expanding the focal point (the Sandin family–which is the cliché rich-bitch-family-playing-victim) and really zoning in on the incentive of the Purge, could’ve helped strengthen the plot.
One part that really irked me was when James (Hawke) questions his own company/work. His wife asks, “Well, didn’t you test it for these kinds of things?” And he answers, “We have tested it and it works 99% of the time. But we didn’t test worst case scenarios.” My immediate thought was: “This purge has been happening for years, and your company builds home security systems…why would you NOT test it for the purge specifically?!”
Overall, I can’t say that I was disappointed since I was expecting it to be terrible anyway. But for what it’s worth, I think it has potential, and should a remake of it be in the works/future (hint hint: I’m working on that!), it could be killer!! (Yes, pun intended).