SYNOPSIS: Official Movie Website
In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It’s one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment.
On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin’s (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.
Wow! What a thought-provoking movie. At first I was scared to watch this at night. As I began watching my fear turned into righteousness, suspense, fear again, surprise and satisfaction. I think this movie brilliantly covered many scenarios: racism, rich versus poor, and violence in America. That this movie could address all these issues and emotion, all within a timely, neat wrapped up little package, is commendable.
I did notice how the Emergency Broadcast System indicates that some levels of government are excluded and was seriously offended and smug at the same time because I believe I am a socialist at heart. I grew up thinking I had to have the best of everything, admire celebrity; nowadays I abhor celebrity and the fact that people throw money at celebrity. The irony is that I am not angry with the celebrities themselves, but more at society – because we’re all in this together.
The situation of The Purge is a very scary thing when you stop to think about it and if people don’t start becoming more vocal and vote, this movie could be a serious harbinger of times to come.
One of the more important concepts I took away from this movie was to be nice to others. Should this movie’s plot ever be actualized I think people would be more civil, fearing The Purge.
i’m back…this movie’s proof of excellence is that I am still thinking about it and can’t get into “the minions ha ha ha ha ha!”