Ethan Hawke plays a security system salesman, who along with his wife and two kids, are settling in to dinner. They have pretty normal problems. The daughter is dating someone the father doesn’t like. The son is a bit odd, and clearly introverted. The wife has a neighbor who just rubs her the wrong way. Think of it as between the takes on Ozzie and Harriet.
They’ve just enjoyed a wonderful carb free dinner, and now they’re settling in for the purge.
The Purge, directed by James DeMonaco from his own script, is a story set in the near future. Once a year, the “New Founding Fathers” set aside a 12-hour period where the citizenry can let down their facade, and be who they really want to be. For quite a few, it seems they really want to be murderers.
Hawke and his family seem to be old hands at locking down for the purge. They’ve done it before, and while it’s a dangerous and crazy event, they will be safe at home, behind the security system that paid for the new addition on their house.
Wouldn’t it be shocking if something went horribly wrong, and the safe house they were hiding behind weren’t so safe…
A well told and deftly shot thriller, The Purge doesn’t hold back on scares or gore. At times it is reminiscent of Funny Games, at others The Strangers.
But more than a delightfully creepy splatter party, The Purge is often a cautionary tale. A story about morality, and what happens when it is lost. The frightful season is very nigh, so why not check out a bloody creepy flick. Highly recommended for fans of Insidious, or the more recent Straw Dogs. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 10/8/13