"Lock your doors and load your guns, if you hear a knock you won't see the sun"
The Purge in a word...Woww! This movie is definitely an eyebrow raiser, nothing shy of a world without God. That idea in itself is unnerving, but now just imagine if you armed everyone with guns and said, "Use each other for target practice". Shocking right? Would you want to live in a place like that? Well, it doesn't matter because in 2022, that's where you'll be.
At least by, DeMonaco's understanding, who just also happens to be the writer and director of this blood-thirsty slaughterhouse. So grab your gun, Let's Unhinge!
From the beginning of this film, you know that it won't be a run of the mill blasé movie to just tuck away in the lost and found. This movie warrants discussion, reflection and most importantly an Unhinged Review! We were taken aback by this quandary of violence and blood loss, specifically at the reality of a moment such as this coming to fruition. If you look around the world that we live in, it's easy to see that we are not far from it.
Really, think about it for a sec. What would you do if the government said, "Okay, today all crime is legal without repercussion for 24hrs"? Would you run an hide? Or would you take up arms and join the massacre? Just picture it, no one would be safe. Any and everyone would be subject to whatever cruelties that the most insidious of minds can fathom. Rape, murder and even torture would be up for grabs by the most revolting and/or upstanding citizens in your home community.
Enough of our rant about the weight of the film, let's get into the plot. The movie starts off introducing James Sandin(Hawke), a well to do businessman that develops security systems for a living. Interesting right? That this, James character creates security systems for profit during the nation's time of crisis or rebirth for that matter. He lives a plush life with a wife and two children in the suburbs and is somewhat of a celebrity in his community. Or so he thinks!
The film's focus centers around the buildup and duration of the nation's "cleansing", "The Purge" which is a one day event of crime without consequence. So as the Sandin family prepares for this event, as they have for so many years before, the locks are checked and the steel walls are closed. Surveillance cameras are poised and the anticipation mounts, as the country prepares to have it's blood lust.
Well, things would have went off without a hitch, if that was even possible, but Jame's son, Charlie(Burkholder) throws a monkey wrench in at the last moment. He opens up the gate to let a wounded man into their home! This is a big no-no, for one can incur the wrath of "The Purge" and bring about great evil and pillage upon their place of sanctuary.
So when a band of cutthroat killers show up to the Sandin home looking for a wounded man, James shouldn't be surprised. But what should he do? Do you give the killers what they want or do you help the man? Do you put your family's safety at risk or feed a dying man to the wolves? Either way, James has only minutes to make one juggernaut of a decision before his humble visitors get antsy and decide to purge the Sandin home indefinitely, without the smallest trace of mercy. What will he do?
As we stated earlier, this movie is Woww! Interesting concept all the way through, but, oh yes, there is a but. We were also ticked off by the blatant display of stupidity exhibited by some of the family members within the Sandin household. Questions that should have easily been answered or moments that could have quickly been sidestepped become grim sanity for the Sandin home. If you want to find out what we're referring to..see the movie! (Lol) Then, come back and tell us what you thought.
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