The Purge trailer, silly concept exciting film?
The Purge does sound like a silly idea for a film to me. Hearing the outline for the film my brain starts racing off thinking about the story possibilities and instantly loads of "ifs" and "buts" start appearing and break holes in the concept, it's why I sometimes hate myself when watching thrillers.
However, once you accept the premise behind The Purge and the story unfolds, it becomes a much more interesting film. It may carry plenty from films we've seen before, but there's an interesting thread sitting through it all about one family who don't want to become the people who are hunting them, and they just might have to.
Here's the story for The Purge:
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. 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.
That tells you everything you need to know about the film from James DeMonaco. He wrote and directed the film and you should remember his writing credits from films such as The Negotiator, Assault on Precinct 13, Skinwalkers and the television series The Kill Point. Now he's directing and from the strength of this trailer he's taking to it really well.
It might start out sounding a little stock and perhaps you'll find the idea defying logic somewhat, but when it kicks off it does look like it kicks off well. Given that DeMonaco wrote the excellent The Negotiator and some of his other writing credits, I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt and going with it.The Negotiator on UK IMDBparam name=