By Jack Rico
The “1-4-0”: You should just see this movie to experience one of the most original premises of the year. Having #EthanHawke bust some heads open is the cherry on top!The Gist: It’s a home invasion movie with a twist. Imagine once a year, for 12 hours, you can commit any crime you want, including murder, without any repercussions from the law. One family ends up the victim from such a statute.
The Highlights: A treasure of a premise that hooks you in from the start, Ethan Hawke delivers another solid performance following “Sinister,” the best horror movie of 2012, plus, the violence, scares and suspense are satisfying enough for the price of your ticket.
The Lowlights: Director James DeMonaco focused so much on trying to scare us, that he forgot to give life to the characters. When one major character in the film dies, we could care less… actually we almost forget about it. There are better home invasion films that do give you a better experience such as my favorite – “The Strangers,” then “The Last House on the Left” (original or remake) the French film “Them!” and perhaps the king of home invasions movies, “Wait Until Dark” starring Audrey Hepburn which got her an Oscar nomination. These are all available on DVD.
The End: The Purge isn’t the best horror or thriller you’ll see, but it does deliver sufficient goods to quench any craving you have for a good genre movie. Go see this movie. It is satisfyingly and it also is the best option this week. I enjoyed it, you will too.
Rated: R for strong disturbing violence and some language
Release Date: 2013-06-07
Screenplay: James DeMonaco
Director(s): James DeMonaco
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Film Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller