THE PURGE Movie Trailer

Posted April 7, 2013 by Mark Espinosa in Movies


On the surface, THE PURGE appears to be yet another ‘family stuck in their house with a group of psychopaths outside trying to get in and kill everyone.’ Unlike those other movies, THE PURGE doesn’t take place in an isolated cabin.. it takes place in the middle of a crowded suburbia. In a world that has temporarily and willingly gone homicidal. Check out this trailer and see for yourself:


Wow, that’s one fucked up premise. Seems simple enough though.  America is thriving. Unemployment and crime are at an all time low. Society has seemingly pulled away from the verge of collapse and has become a utopia. All of this is thanks to an annual holiday called, ‘the Purge.’

For one day a year, for 12 hours, all crime is legal.

I have a habit of doing this. I hear an amazing premise for a movie and I get all worked up. My imagination starts going. ‘All crime is legal.’ I can’t help but think of all of the terrible things that would occur within those 12 hours. Neighbors turning into monsters. Lovers becoming murderers. Honest people becoming criminals. Then, the 12 hours would end and everyone would simply go back to their daily lives.  <Shudder>

If society knew that for 12 hours, every year, it could do whatever it wanted, would our world be safer? Would everyone curb their dark instincts if they knew they could freely act on them? Is all crime about opportunity?  Is the main deterrent of evil the fear of getting caught and prosecuted? Would this work?

Uh.. No, you ding dong.  This would absolutely not work.  People would still be assholes 364 days of the year and bigger assholes on the night of the purge.  But, movies like this work better when you just simply go with it. Will it be good? Possibly. I would much rather if this story followed a small group of people who go out and try to protect people and experience a wide range of madness, as opposed to one family defending themselves from one small group of crazies. Or.. If you’re really fucked, maybe have this movie be a collection of short stories showing how different people take advantage of the purge.  How do I know this movie doesn’t have those elements? I don’t. I guess you’ll have to go see it and find out.

THE PURGE stars Lena Headey (GAME OF THRONES, DREDD) and Ethan Hawke (GATTACA, SINISTER).  It hits theaters on May 31st 2013. Which, coincidentally  is the same night I have my annual purge.  ;)

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Mark Espinosa

I spend way too much money on comic books. Ghostbusters is the perfect movie. I love quoting obscure, overlooked lines from obscure overlooked movies. I wish live action comic book movies could be as good as animated comic book movies. I think if a piece of entertainment can show you one new thing, express one new idea, then you have to appreciate it. In my spare time, I sell adult romance items for a very friendly type company.

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    From the producers of Paranormal Activity (as is all horror films these days) The Purge tells the story of a near future were crime is at an all time low and unemployment stands at under 1% of the US population, to compensate for one night a year all crime (including murder) is legal for 12 hours allowing society some kind of release.

    The film revolves around the Sandin family who are confronted by a group of college students hunting a man on the night of the Purge who the family had allowed into their home after lockdown. The Purgers (lead by Rhys Wakefield) drastically try to break into the family’s home causing James (Ethan Hawke) and Mary (Lena Headey) to protect their children from the invaders in order to survive the night.

    The main problem with the film is the premise itself, whilst interesting is filled with flaws and holes that just make the whole idea ridiculous. Such as what happens to the serial killers and career criminals of this world? Do they just control their urges to kill or steal for the other 364 days until the next Purge, as well what if someone has a heart attack on the night of The Purge? Is it just a case of bad luck you chose the wrong night to need medical care?

    Despite the flaws of the premise, the film repeatedly ignores the possibilities of the premise, instead of exploring the ideas behind the Purge or the events that occur on the night of the Purge from different perspectives and situations. Instead the film settles for a typical home invasion story that although done well, is nothing we haven’t seen done in many other films. The Purge in the end seems to only be the premise of this film to stop the age old question of “Why don’t they just call the police?” in home invasion films.

    To the films credit it is quite subtle, there’s a running theme that the Purge is just an excuse for the upper classes to exterminate the poor, driven by all the attackers wearing prep school blazers and the person they are chasing wearing dog tags around his neck. The film also contains some strong performances, especially from Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Lord of War) and Lena Headey (Dredd, Game of Thrones) who carry the film throughout. The film also has a twist near the end which allows the audience to get inside the heads of the people during this night.

    That cant be said for the leader of the Purger’s played by Rhys Wakefield (Sanctum, Home and Away)whose performance is slightly cringe worthy, hes trying to be psychotic yet in control of the proceedings but it just comes across as a amateur dramatics’ version of The Joker. He just never seems like a really threat and just a creepy next door neighbour.

    The film also contains some bizarre and just plain weird set pieces, such as the families’ son who builds a spy camera on a chard baby doll on the top of a rhino tank from Warhammer 40,000. The thing looks like a demented contraption from Sid’s bedroom in Toy Story.

    Overall, The Purge is an OK home invasion film, there are moments of suspense and a couple of jump scares are effective. The wasted potential of the premise is the films main downfall which could have lead to a more effective and possible original film then what we got in the end.

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