Tuesday, June 18

Movie Review: The Purge

Length: 1 & 25 mins.
Released: June 7th, 2013
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fantasy
Rating: R
Directed By: James DeMonaco
Where I Got It: watched at movie theater

If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. 

James Sandin - Ethan Hawke
Mary Sandin - Lena Headey
Charlie Sandin - Max Burkholder
Zoey Sandin - Adelaide Kane 
Bloody Stranger - Edwin Hodge


Let me start out saying that I had super low expectations for this movie. The trailer really does no justice to what the movie is about. Yes, it is a thriller and whatnot. However, there is a deeper meaning to this movie. Not only is it a "what would you do?" theme to it, but it plays with the theory that "humans are animals" and if not allowed to go along with the animal in us then crime and poverty are bound to happen. It is an interesting theory and after the movie I looked more into it. Crazy, but interesting to think about.

I went with my friend Sarah, who was DYING to see this. She used the friend-card on me. Sighs. Oh well. I'm glad I went and seen it though!

Like I said, I had super low expectations, but the movie was a million times better then what I expected. Not only was the story intriguing and the theme thought-provoking, but the acting was fabulous. Ethan Hawke, the Dad, was kicked ass and took names. He was awesome and I really should watch more of his films. I also really adored the big baddie. He was so damn creepy! *shudders*

I liked the ending a lot, except for one occurrence. I can't say more then that because it'll give away a huge spoiler. In a way it was kind of funny, but a little awkward for all involved. 

In the end, I did like this movie. It was a change. It was different to all the other thrillers I've seen out there. The acting was good, the thriller-ness was good, the theme was though-provoking, and etc. If you like thrillers and slightly gory movies then I recommend this movie to you. I shall stamp this with 5 stars, in reality it is more like 4.5, but since I don't give decimals I rounded. 

Favorite Character(s): The Homeless guy, James (kickass), and the Stranger (just because the actor really pulled off the creepyness)
Not-so Favorite Character(s): Zoey and Charlie (damn kids)



Blodeuedd said...

Ohhhh I wanna watch this :D

Btw, do you have anything brewing for me?

Christine said...

I've been dying to see this movie!!! I was supposed to go with a friend but she bailed. I imagine that their town/country is quite nice all year. That one night though? I'd be scared out of my mind. So glad you ended up liking it!

Carole Rae said...

You'll like it! But I shall soon. :)