In the psychological thriller that opens today, The Purge, we have a view in the day of a future United States not too long from now, where the goverment has designated one 12 hour period annually where citizens can purge themselves of whatever may bother them. This time of purging has very few limitations, but certainly does all any criminal activity including murder. It is all legal and with no consequences. This is a very hard to watch film and is certainly not recommended for children, but it does make the viewer think about what would happen if you were in the their shoes, facing danger in a society structured that way as a manner of keeping crime levels down during the year.
The film does have a good script written by James DeMonaco, who also serves as diretor, and it does keep the viewer’s attention in most scenes. Overall, the actor’s performances are good, but for some cast members, I do like the character more than at other times. The head of household, James Sandlin (Ethan Hawke) is really good in his action scenes fending off intruders to save his family and so is Rhys Wakefield as he maintains such an evil demeanor outside the home. I still have not shaken the look on his face even after the film.
There are strong sequences of violence that viewers should be aware of. The film is certainly not for everyone, but for fans of this genre, it can be entertaining, but not sure if it will be as satisfying as they may expect. As for Mrs. Sandlin (Lena Headey), I certainly do like the way she takes charge in the last couple of hours of the purge. She sure does know how to pack a punch!
The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister); Platinum Dunes: Michael Bay, Brad Fuller y Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre); and by Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13).