The Purge


In a crime-ridden future when overtaxed cops let murder and other crimes rule the streets one night a year, someone’s knocking at James Sandin’s door.

Year: 2013
Certificate: 15
Director: James DeMonaco
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Edwin Hodge, Max Burkholder, Tony Oller, Rhys Wakefield, Adelaide Kane, Tom Yi

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Imagine a world where crime is minimal. Figures are at their lowest in history. All this made possible by a nationwide, government led event. An event called ‘The Purge’.

In the early 21st century the USA became a country in danger; in danger of destroying itself from within. Crime is high, the police can’t cope and the country is falling apart. The Purge allows everybody the chance to relieve all of life’s stresses and let go of any (some believe natural) violent tendencies. For 12 hours, all crime is legal – including murder. Some think it’s cruel, some think it’s simply natural selection where the weak are discarded so that the strong can thrive.

Firstly we meet James Sandin (Hawke), he’s having a great day. He’s just found out he has sold more security systems and upgrades than anyone else and it means a big bonus! In a world where The Purge exists, everyone wants a top of the range security system, right?

As his family settle down for the night behind their secured windows and locked doors, they start to hear The Purge begin…

It’s not all smooth sailing though as a bad decision puts the Sandin family in danger. They soon realise that although they are doing all they can to keep The Purge outside, it just walked in through the front door.

Although the film is a little ‘paint by numbers’ and some of the twists you can see coming, it mixes it well with genuine surprises and some pretty cool direction. The scenes captured on the families many CCTV cameras help set the creepy mood the film brings with it. The scenes shot from the view of the spyhole aren’t original but they look great in the setting of this movie.

I’m a big fan of Lena Headey from ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’, and more recently in ‘Game of Thrones’, and once again she doesn’t disappoint as the matriarch of the family. Another nod goes to the performance of Rhys Wakefield as the leader of the ‘Purgers’.

The Purge is a unique idea that must have sparked many conversations amongst its viewers: Is The Purge fair? How would you survive The Purge? If you could purge, would you?

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