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The Purge (2013)

5 Jun

It is so refreshing these days to see a horror film get its thrills from a smart concept rather than relentless blood and gore. The Purge, though gaping with plot holes, is brutal, creepy and smart in its own special way.

Now, I don’t mean to say that the Purge is void of all blood and violence – in fact the premise is really built around the opposite idea: create one day out of the year where all forms of crime have virtually no legal consequences.  There are a few cringe-worthy moments of violence here, (most notably during the opening where we see CCTV footage from historical purge nights) but this film works because it leaves the real horror up to the imagination.  Ethan Hawke plays the leading man, and after the success of last years Sinister he proves he can handle the genre well.  There are some great twists and turns in the film, some more predictable than others, and while it does fall into typical horror conventions at points, it is still (surprisingly) thought provoking.

At a tidy 85 minutes, The Purge never overstays its welcome. In fact, there were a lot of ideas in the film that didn’t really get fleshed out like I wanted to, and with the wealth of material and ideas presented here, I wouldn’t be that opposed to a sequel. Which may be the biggest shocker to me above all.

5/10 stars

Similar to: Straw Dogs, Panic Room, When A Stranger Calls