I'm a wimp with horror movies (I was scared of "The Sixth Sense ") but this movie was very predictable. Director James DeMonaco hasn't made many other movies and I respect his attempt at a horror movie. When making a horror film, it's probably hard to make it scary because as the director you know what's going to happen so you have to overestimate the suspense. He overestimated the suspense a little too much because I knew when a murderer was going to appear (and I bet everyone else in the theater did too). The murderers didn't even appear with surprise, they just put them into focus. To make it more suspensful, the lights in the house were off the whole movie for absolutely no reason. Wouldn't the family want to have them on to help them find a murderer. I bet this is just because DeMonaco ran out of suspense strategies. Seriously, all they had were flashlights. A thriller is also meant to have plot twists and James DeMonaco also tried to add a plot twist [SPOILER ALERT AHEAD] that their neighbor that has an appearance in the beginning turns against them when she says she's saving them form the murderers but is actually there to kill them. I knew by her facial expressions in the beginning that she would do this. It was a very cheesy movie with people always mentioning constitutional stuff and saying how they are proud to be an American because of the purge (blah, blah, blah). The only upsides to the movie are the cinematography and the acting.
In case you don't know, here's a brief summary: in the year 2022 or something like that, an American law exists that gives people a whole night once a year to commit any crime they can think of (murder, robbery, etc.). this law is known as the purge, which means release. The purge has helped America reduce unenployent to 1% and people letting out their agression they keep inside, but of course there are negative points to it, too. As you can tell, this story would've worked much better as a political drama. On one purge, the youngest son in a family of four lets a man who was asking for help into their house without permission. This leads to the murderers with smiley masks who were after the man knocking on their door and asking for him back in a certain amount of time or else they will break into the house. They eventually do as the famliy struggles to do what's good and this leads to unexpected consequences. Not really that unexpected actually.
This movie contains some positive messages about how wrong a law such as the purge can be and people coming to realization about that, but it's still a really dark movie; I don't how people have a big problem with the violence in the movie but their is a stabbing, camera footage of murders and beatings, some shootings with blood, a woman gets slammed into a table and gets a bloody nose, and a man is tied in duct tape and they stick a knife in his wound; Two teens embrace on top of each other and make out, the girl unbuttons a bit, but they stop before it goes wrong; One or two uses of "f--k" and a middle finger; Adults drink wine as part of their dinner meal.
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