The Purge (Movie Review)

Thanks to ChurpChurp for the screening passes to watch The Purge at GSC Mid Valley.
Briefly, this movie is about a family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.

Director: James DeMonaco
Writer: James DeMonaco
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder

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. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

This movie is clearly about a silly man who is rich enough to get a better security system for his home but instead he purchased one from the company he works at knowing that it is breakable. That's not all, he also has a son who is smart but stupid at the same time to disarm the security system just to let a stranger who have a very high chances to be a purger himself to enter their home. Not to mention his naive little exquisite daughter who thought that his boyfriend could really talk to the father in a well mannered way during the annual purge day. Both the main actor and his wife definitely has a confusing split personality on keeping or handling the stranger to the purger. Towards the end, everything started to be predictable.

Conclusion: It has a workable concept for a movie that falls apart in its plot. I'm alright with the amount of horror touches in this thriller movie but I guess the director, James DeMonaco has better quality in directing horror movies such as the ones that he did before. The concept of this movie was interesting but overall it turned out to be a dumb home invasion horror movie.

Cut scene: Knife stabbing and 'some' sexual intimacy scene.

After credits scene: Nil

Rating: 1 / 5

Classification: 18

Release Date in Malaysia: 20th Aug 2013

.: Peace Out :.