The Co-Writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator – James DeMonaco -releases the beast as the writer/director of the new horror thriller, The Purge. Set in a non-too-distant future America, a new group of founding fathers have brought the United States in to a new age, where crime is at a all time low. This is due to one reason, the annual purge, on one night a year all emergency services are suspended and all crime is legal. No one is available to patch up your wounds and no one will come to your rescue, justice is in the hands of the citizens.
The narrative follows James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) a security salesman who has capitalized on peoples need to defend themselves against the purge. As he and his family settle in for another night behind the sanctity of their defense system, they’re protective bubble is burst when James’ son Charlie (Max Burkholder) allows a victim of the purge to seek refuge inside their home, in turn annoying the victims persecutors led by a menacing but well mannered Rhys Wakefield.
This sets up the dilemma our protagonist and his family face. James and his wife Mary (Lena Headey) now have to wrestle with the idea of finding the victim and handing him over to his executioners or to help this stranger, and fight his hunters along side him at the risk of their own annihilation. They have to do this whilst also trying to find their daughter Zoey (Adelaide Kane), who is lost in the sea of darkness cast upon their home by the victim’s hunters and unaware of the capabilities of the stranger roaming the house with her.
Sadly though the concept is this films major selling point; it too often falls foul of clichés and predictability, although the use of horror motifs does make for an interesting viewing. For those of us who love to watch movies that make us ascertain what we would do in that situation, this film is perfect, but to all other moviegoers it is complete dribble.
Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Tony Oller
Runtime: 85 mins
Cert UK: 15