Writer: James DeMonaco (Screenplay)
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller
Plot: In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harbouring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. The family Sandin James (Hawke), Mary (Headey) Charlie (Burkholder) Zoey (Kane) and her boyfriend Henry (Oller) rescue a bloody stranger (Hodge) but the gang led by a man only known as the polite leader (Wakefield) torment and change their targets as the Purge continues.
Verdict: Home Invasion reborn?
Story: In a nut shell the story falls into the category that the kid is stupid. If you were living in a world where this happens there is no way in hell you would even consider opening the doors for a stranger. The whole spilt in sociality is interesting as they consider each level of people to be more important. It comes over well with good build but in the end it all falls apart. (5/10)
Actor Review: Ethan Hawke – James the designer of the security system that everyone uses, supports the Purge but will go out his way to make sure his family is safe. Good performance solid throughout and not as good as he seems. (7/10)
Actor Review: Lena Headey – Mary the wife who questions what they are doing by scarifying an innocent man. Good performance but could have been made more intense. (7/10)
Actor Review: Max Burkholder – Charlie the stupid son who starts everything. He could easily enter the hall of fame for stupid kids in film, not the actors fault though. (6/10)
Actor Review: Adelaide Kane – Zoey the rebellious teenager who spends most of the film crying and being annoying. Another poorly written character that is not the actress fault. (6/10)
Actor Review: Rhys Wakefield – Polite Leader of the Purge gang, very good leader who it would have been nice to see more of his motives. Good performance but not given enough screen time. (6/10)
Director Review: James DeMonaco – Good idea, good creation, poorly executed. (5/10)
Horror: Doesn’t reach the level it could have. (3/10)
Thriller: You do want to know what happens but it falls apart. (6/10)
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Settings: The trapped in house that is clearly too big for the hiding idea works well. (9/10)
Suggestion: I would only suggest watching this if it is on late one night, it doesn’t create enough to make it truly memorable and with ‘You’re Next’ being a lot better. (Late Night)
Best Part: I liked the idea
Worst Part: Poor attempts at twists.
Action Scene Of The Film: Invasion
Kill Of The Film: Polite Leader
Oscar Chances: No
Chances of Sequel: There is one out later this year
Tagline: Survive The Night
Similar Too: You’re Next
Overall: Watch You’re Next instead
Good review Darren. Interesting idea, but it never really goes anywhere.