One night a year, all crime is legal.
Near-future thriller set in an America where, in an effort to combat overpopulated prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity becomes legal. During one of these lawless nights plagued by violence, a family attempt to survive as a pack of hunters shift their bloodthirsty focus towards their once-secure home. Stars Ethan Hawke and Game of Thrones' Lena Headey.... More
When an intruder breaks into James' (Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, a sequence of events begins that threatens to tear his family apart. It is up to James, his wife, Mary (Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. Hide
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BY Liam Maguren Flicks Writer
If you’re going to watch a film with a premise as ludicrous as that of The Purge, you’re asked to be forgiving of its preposterous set-up and just go along for the ride. That’s fine, especially when said set-up involves a near-future America that reaps economic benefits from the yearly 12-hour kill-fest at the price of social morality, with the film focusing its themes into a simplistic home-invasion thriller.... More
Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke do well as the middle-class mother and father of two, forced into a critical situation when a hunted homeless man takes shelter in their home, attracting a flock of prep school predators willing to annihilate everyone within the fortified home. As the protective parents flirt with the primal bloodthirsty urge to send the poor target to his death, their frightened teenage daughter seems more interested in splitting up from the group for no reason while their son struggles to convey a single facial expression.
The spotty acting and banal character motives are going to bury the movie for those uninterested in The Purge’s concept to begin with, but for those on board, these quarrels that can be brushed aside along with the absurdity of the premise. As video rentals go, it’s a unique cult-horror that sprinkles fascinating little aspects of its frightening world – the minimal PSA, the socio-economic values, the pack mentality – but leaves the door open for you to ponder about the rest. I want a sequel.Hide