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Better than the original, but its kid of funny that the NEW lead girl's hair grew inches in a mere hours! ;)
Duff and Shatner are very good and this story just moves better. The 'Mommy' was a nice add!
Sometimes I see a film that can saw overall is stupid, it has bad characters and I have a ton of problems with it, but I still find myself enjoying it. This happened with Halloween 2(Zombie version), but it is rare. Well, The Purge is another rare time.
I guess I should add I also like revenge type films.
The few questions I had before I saw the film are still unanswered. How does a 12 hour period on ONE day prevent almost everyone from committing crime for the next 364 days? Since they say all crime is legal, the United States now allows Pedophilia? And who cleans up all the mess and bodies? Who pays for the funerals? Are insurance companies broke?
They don't answer that.
I really like Hawke and he's good here, especially when he goes full badass role in the end.
The rest of the family...not so much. The daughter is a dumbass that always seems to run away when she should be sticking with her family. The son was such a stupid douchebag that made not one smart decision in the entire film. The whole film's events are his fault and he just seems to be in the movie to keep making you shake your head. The mother even goes from a great character to a moron at some point too.
That scene with the kitchen table in the end was stupid.
The film is shot really good and it has a lot of suspense, but it is very stupid and the kids are just morons.
I did like the smugness of the lead bad guy.
The film probably deserves a 1/2 rating, but somehow I found Hawke enjoyable enough to get it a few more stars.
I guess this and Springbreakers are two films that are on par with each other. They are both about four women who join a man, and going on a crime spree. They both feature shallow people, good looking cast and nice soundtracks.
But I swayed more to this film. The lead guy here is a loner who finds this girl he instantly feels he could be best friends with. I could totally relate, as that happened to me last year. Springbreakers lead guy was a gangsta wannabe and those people just annoy me.
The editing, pace and camera work was also far better than the mess in that department Springbreakers was.
Emma Watson is pretty great here, as she nails the being fake 24-7 feeling Paris Hilton or Kim Kardashian always emote. Taissa Farmiga looks like her sister, but she doesn't really get much to do. The only real development is that of the lead character Marc. But like Springbreakers, these characters are left shallow and we don't get much development from them. But they are still fun to watch be idiots.
I just wish there was more in the end. Once they get caught, the movie seems to want to end asap! Would've liked to see how the girls interacted with Marc a bit more.
I'm kind of unsure about this movie, as the first half actually had me about a couple going from beginning of falling in love to the mundane part of their relationship, but then mid way her sister, Sweetie, enters and the movie seems to derail a bit into a dysfunctional family picture.
I honestly thought Sweetie was an awful character, well acted, but just one of those people in society you'd be disgusted with and felt the film suffered when it focused on her.
The rest of the acting was good, but the story never really goes anywhere.
Not a great film, but not a bad one either.
If you can get past Baldwin's goofy haircut, this movie is decent to watch. Baldwin is a criminal released from jail and goes right back to his bad ways and at one point he steals a badge from a Cop and goes on a crime spree with it that is kind of fun! I think he actually starts to believe he is a cop after awhile.
Fred Ward is the cop he steals it from, and he gives kind of an off performance. He also had his dentures stolen, so he talks funny half the film.
Jennifer Jason Leigh is a hooker hired by Baldwin, but then they fall in love. Her voice can be grating, but hey she is pretty adorable as is and of course since it's Leigh, she shows the goods too!
That scene in the Pawn Shop was awesome by the way.
All that saying, it does seem to drag on at times and the ending is kind of a let down.