The Purge – One night a year, all crime is legal.
Ethan Hawke ———– James Sandin
Lena Headey ———— Mary Sandin
Max Burkholder ——– Charlie Sandin
Adelaide Kane ———- Zoey Sandin
Edwin Hodge ———– Bloody Stranger
Rhys Wakefield ——– Polite Stranger
Tony Oller ————– Henry
Directed by James DeMonaco
Written by James DeMonaco
This movie runs the premise that in America one night a year the government sanctions a twelve hour period from seven o’clock at night to seven o’clock in the morning where all crimes are legal. The argument given is that people are suppressing their natural urges, therefore if once a year they can satisfy those urges then people will be happier. The rich install modern security systems and the poor are hunted and killed. Ethan Hawke sells security systems and his home is put to the test when his son helps a stranger who is going to be killed. Shortly after the stranger enters the house a crowd gathers outside and their well spoken leader lets the Sandins have a choice, he is portrayed with precision by Rhys Wakefield. Ethan Hawke surprised me with an excellent performance (I don’t know what it is about him that makes me dislike him). There are some great scenes and I have to admit I enjoyed this movie. It takes us down a path that we would not consider and as a character study I thought it was great. The movie itself is a winner.
Production Budget: $3,000,000 (Seems a little low)
CC Rating: 8 outof 10.
Screenplay: I could not find the screenplay.
If you liked this try: Escape From New York, Assault on Precinct 13, Panic Room.