When reading the story of The purge, one might wonder if this method wouldn’t work in real life. To legalize all crimes for a 12-period-time for all people, including murder. The police can’t be called. Hospitals won’t help. It’s basically one night in the jungle where only the strong survive …
It’s crazy to think something like this might one day be reality. But, as the movie clearly identifies, humans have always been a violent species. And by creating an opportunity where everyone can purge themselves of the anger and frustration, crime stats are at an all-time low.
What if one single night of violence is the answer to a lifetime of peace?
In the movie, one family locks down their house from all intruders, hoping to bypass the vicious night safely. Then a stranger breaks into the home, and that’s when things make a turn for the worse.
A group of deranged youngsters claim the life of the stranger – and when their proposal is rejected – they will punish the family. Now the family has to survive the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide …
The premise of The purge is not only a very interested one, it’s one of the best original stories ever created for an American thriller/horror movie. At times you find yourself asking if you agree with the system or not.
Whatever your view – whether you’re disgusted by all the violence or you wouldn’t mind killing someone yourself – it’s impossible not to enjoy this movie.
The purge is a very entertaining piece of work, because it keeps the blood to a minimum and focuses a lot more on the psychological powerplay of the youngsters against the frightened family.
Though the son and daughter of the family aren’t quite boring at times, much of the movie is rectified by the presence of Ethan Hawke who plays one of his most interesting roles ever.
Furthermore, there is the performance of Lena Headey who usually plays strong women. Watch Game of Thrones, her awesome performance as Sarah Connor in the Terminator-series (Episode 1 rocks, episode 2 sucks!) and as Queen Gorgo in 300.
It’s very refreshing and a tad peculiar to see her play a woman who’s constantly afraid. But, being the great actress that she is, she pulls it off nicely.
The finest achievement comes from a young actor who’s name won’t ring too many bells – unless the name Rhys Wakefield sounds familiar to you – but what he does in this movie is absolutely brilliant.
He speaks like some medieval, Shakespearean villain and goes around smiling and making threats like he were the brother of the Joker himself.
It’s not an Oscar-worthy performance, but it’s still enough to make him the most captivating person of the entire movie … enjoy!
Did you know?
The homicidal ladies in white dresses were based on Charles Manson’s killer/followers. Director DeMonaco claims obsession with Manson from an early age.
Give it to me short:
The purge is one of those thriller-horror movies that you can show to people who generally don’t like watching movies about killing. Like Halloween for being plain scary or Scream for being funny, The purge transcends the genre and becomes a mainstream Hollywood movie anyone can enjoy. It’s not even a horror movie, to be honest. There’s hardly any blood in it. It’s more about creating a creepy atmosphere with scary masks, people fighting for freedom and some stabbing with knives.
The story of The purge is one of its strongholds. It’s very original and the whole set-up is brilliantly done. With the way people are killed daily on the news, one wonders if a single night of violence might not be the answer to solve all criminality in the world?
I know, I know … it’s crazy to think about it. But the next time some crazy bastard kills 25 people in cold blood, you’ll be asking yourself the same question … wanna bet?