In the not to distant future, many people may try to kill you. That is, if you live in the futuristic world in The Purge, one day a year is set aside for all crime to be legal. The purpose of the law is the hope that crime will cease the rest of the year. As if we are sending ourselves out to sew our wild oats, but in a murderous way. I’m not sure the government meant for it to get this out of hand. They probably imagined that people would loot and rob until their heart was content. They probably imagined that people who live a life of crime, such as the mafia, would use this day to “whack” all of their betrayers. What they probably didn’t imagine is that many college students would take Bum Fights to a new level of just chasing them down the streets to kill them and that the upper crust of the nation would hold weird seances where they would sacrifice someone, or many someones.
The story focuses on a wealthy family, in which the father, James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) has become so wealthy by inventing a gold standard for home security systems. His security systems are top to bottom lock down units. The windows and doors all have heavy metal doors that close over each, the cameras watch every angle of the the home, and include audio!
Some nasty, rich college kids come along when a homeless guy they had been chasing gets into the Sandin home with the help of the Sandin son. The story becomes a give or take situation, testing the morals of the Sandin family. The college kids want the family to release the homeless man to them so they can finish the job. The family wants to do what will keep themselves safe, but morals kick in when they get close to giving in. When the college kids realize they are not getting their game, they make getting into the home their new game.
After that, it’s a blood bath! An enjoyable blood bath, though. Maybe I’m morbid, but the film terrified me and entertained me all at once. It’s a concept that could conceivably happen. Not the law being put into place, but that your home could be rampaged by blood-thirsty asshole college kids with no morals or sense of reality.
by Angela Davis