The Purge Reviews
Overall...it was..well...just ok.
The concept is fantastic and opens up all sorts of moral and philosophical questions.
Does a better, safer America for the rest of the year justify the single night of wrong? Can murder ever be justified?
It is definitely survival of the fittest over a very long night as James (Ethan Hawke) and his family are besieged by a group of young, bloody thirsty 'purgers'. The impression is that this group relish the killing as a hobby rather than an opportunity to cleanse their souls..as is the purpose of the hellish event.
The cast is fairly solid. A very believable turn from Lena Headey as the distraught (but petty badass) mother. Also a delightfully creepy performance from Rhys Wakefield as the leader of the purging gang. All psycho smiles and politeness. Keen to see him in other roles. The cinematography is also very good, inkeeping with the low lighting, slow camera movements and subtle editing of your modern horror.
Where this film lets itself down is it's predictability. I second guessed the plot at every single turn and so nothing surprised me (excluding a few 'wtf' moments here and there).
A brilliant idea for a film and nicely shot...just nothing special.