The Purge (2013)
Written By: JV
Edited BY: Grave Reviews Staff
Director(s): James DeMonaco
Writers(s): James DeMonaco
Producer(s): Jason Blum, Michael Bay, et. al.
Date Released: June 7, 2013
Ethan Hawke as James Sandin
Lena Headey as Mary Sandin
Adelaide Kane as Zoey Sandin
Max Burkholder as Charlie Sandin
Tony Oller as Henry – Zoey’s Boyfriend
Polite stranger leader of the gang – Rhys Wakefield
Edwin Hodge as Bloody Stranger
Rating = 4/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The Purge (2013) is about the one day of the year where a law, passed by the new founding fathers that sanctions an annual “Purge”: for 12 hours each year all crime, including murder, arson, theft, and rape will be legal during the period, except against government officials, and all emergency services are unavailable until 7 am. As the family was waiting for the purge to commence inside their impenetrable security system home from the lead actor (Ethan Hawke) James’ company inside a wealthy community. The blue baptisia must be placed outside of the home to represent that they support the purge. As they countdown the start of the purge while using the new security system. The family awaits in the CCTV room (Lena Headey), Mary Sandin, (Max Burkholder) Charlie and (Adelaide Kane) Zoey waits as the annual purge began. Henry sneaks in, and Charlie lets in a man (Edwin Hodge) a bloody stranger. The story continues with the danger awaiting the whole family.
As the family lets in the stranger, a group of people who wore masks requesting them to return the bloody man. The family struggles to decide whether they should give out the stranger or bring danger to the whole family.
A dystopian horror action film with plenty of unpleasant yet satisfying morbid scenes like the generous amount of blood present in the gunshot caused by James to one member of the gang. He also smashed the head one of the members of the gang into the pinball to death and used an ax to kill another. It is also notable when the annoying neighbor got her head smashed in the table by Mary and blood is not stopping from coming out of her broken nose.
The Grave Review
There are scenes in the Purge (2013) film that is creepy such as Charlie’s remote-controlled toy video recorder but other than that there are no more scary moments but more on suspense parts that took another dimension of the whole storyline. It wrings politics and social status as it was mentioned that the “Government officials of ranking 10 have been granted immunity from the Purge and shall not be harmed.”. The inhumane idea will come up to the viewers after watching the film that if it happens, what should they do?
Noticeable lurid lighting on the film which is distracting but still astounding acting by the Sandin family, mostly Mary, portrayed by Lena Headey never fails. The last scene where she was shouting, pleading for her children gives goosebumps. The other supporting characters like Polite stranger (Rhys Wakefield) also stand out.
This film is worth your time. The Purge (2013) has a creative insight, weirdly entertaining. A sickening rule that has come to a Dystopian era. The plot and the screenplay worked best even just with limited characters and just a house setting. They elaborated on the idea that even staying home will not ensure safety. The whole Purge idea is that they do purge to cleanse the hatred. That the founding fathers had allowed them to cleanse their souls as they purge. No matter how legal it is to kill for 12 hours, the family still decided to be compassionate. It is a great movie no wonder it had 2 more of its franchise.
Above all, the film is gruesome, the plot is brilliant, and the actors are insanely great just wished better lighting in the film.
For the following reasons, grave reviews give The Purge (2013) a four out of five graves.
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