The Purge (2013)

Director: James DeMonaco
USA, English

Ugh. Just ugh.

I must say, this movie was a complete disappointment. It had such potential!

The story is about world where crime is legal for one day a year. All and any crime is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is a successful sales man who sells home security system. He lives in a nice community with what is seemingly nice neighbor. He lives with his wife and two children. When the purge commences, his son Charlie (Max Burkholder) lets in a man who was running away from his attackers. The Sandin family freaks out. Meanwhile, daughter Zoey (Adelaide Kane) is making-out with her boyfriend upstairs.  Her boyfriend tells her he wants to speak with her dad since they are forbidden to date. As the boyfriend walks to find the dad, the stranger comes inside the house. The boyfriend pulls out a gun on James and all hell breaks loose. It turns out the man Charlie saved was being targeted by some college students trying “clean up society”. At first James and his wife, Mary (Lena Headey) agreed to give the man to him. They later change their mind and decide to defend their home and protect the man. James and his family win the battle against the college students thanks to the help if their neighbor. James ends up dying though. However, the neighbors just wanted to kill the family for themselves. They were ready to kill until the stranger they were protecting protected them instead. Mary ends up not killing her neighbors and the purge is over.

This movie had so much potential to be amazing. The concept was unique and it seemed like it could be a realistic scenario.  What killed it was the family. What kid is going to shine their flashlight around when killers are out. The daughter is running off in the home with killers around. WHO DOES THAT? Who leaves their family to walk around in the dark?? Dumb people. The son does the same thing. He randomly walks away and then comes back. Where are you kids going? Stay with your parents! Those stupid college kids too. They took too long to kill. They played around with their victim but shouldn’t they know other people can kill them too?? Ugh.

My favorite scene though was when Mary decides not to kill her neighbors. Instead, she makes them sit around the table until the purge is over. But it would be better if she shot them in the foot or something.

Yeah. Don’t watch this film.

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