From Blumhouse Productions, the company than has made good horror films (Sinister) (2012), average horror films (Dark Skies) (2012) & Poor horror film (Paranormal Activity) (2009 – 2013) what category does this come under ?. The film is set in the near future where the United States Of America has little to no crime, thanks to a day called the Purge. The Purge allows all forms of crime to be legal once a year for 12 hours a day. The man characters focused are a wealthy family (Ethan Hawke, Lena Headly, Max Burkholder & Adelaide Kane) they have the best security possible to protect themselves from any harm. They arm the system & hope to wait out the Purge like normal. However the family young son, sees a unnamed man requesting help, he opens the house security allowing the man to hide in there house. Shorty after this, a group of strangers with masks arrive at the door requesting the family give them the unnamed man, in order to kill him. The family does not, leading to the masked strangers invading there house, trying to kill everyone in sight.
The premise of the film is an interesting one which unfortunately could have been used much better. The trailer along with my synopsis is more or the less the entire film. Given the premise, so much more could have been done to make the film better. The acting from Lena Headly & Ethan Hawke is good & is the most to take away here. despite being made by a horror film company, its more thriller as there are not real scares at all. Along with certain characters make very poor choices throughout making a reason for a film location. More or less this is a home invasion film combined with a slasher. Which is average for what it is, but could have been so much more.
Overall The Purge is average if you want a slasher film, but if you wanting more than that, don’t see this.