Tuesday, August 13, 2013

257. Unsolicited Take: The Purge (2013)

 It was a Saturday Spontaneous movie with Luke.

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. Written by Universal Pictures

I would classify this movie as more of a thriller, but not as thrilling as my scared bones expected. I find the plot interesting though which just fuelled the expectations of high trepidation caused by seeing the trailer. Watching the movie, my uneasiness on the cinema seat heightened as the 12-hour purge period began. And even more when one of the kids allowed a stranger to enter the family’s house. Since it’s a movie of thriller, suspense and action, it would be better left for a spectator to watch the movie. I would say that there were really heart-thumping scenes that ended worth the thumping while most were just of purely suspense.

Apart from the interesting plot, I can say that I like the family values. And I like best that no matter how bad and/or how grave injustice as human we may experience, goodness is repaid by goodness in more ways than one or better, in ways we didn’t even imagine.

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