[Movie] The Purge
Why did I suddenly remembered this movie? This movie is among many movies that receives mixed critic, mostly negative, but end up being completely satisfying. I'm not kidding. This movie stay true to its plot and theme, it definitely worth to add into you marathon movie collection. I put this movie in Thriller section along with the Shutter Island and Memento movie.
The plot of the movie is about new America, in 2022, when the country is reborn anew thank to the New Founding Fathers of America where crimes have been legalized on one day annually. The only rules is that government officials ranking 10 and above cannot be harm while weapon class 4 and higher cannot be used. Police, fire station, hospital and all emergency services would be suspended, and everybody have to fend for themselves. Anyone who go against the rules would be executed. The idea of the Purge is to flush out the homeless, those who were considered as general burden to the society like a bunch of drug addicts or hippies or something. In other word its some sort of a general population control. For example, there are high rate of poverty and unemployment right? So you get to slaughter those poor and homeless bastards. Rate goes done. Easy smeasy. But is it, even practical?
Thus, we are brought to the family that lived through such time. The story revolves around Sandin family. They are in full support of the program, believing that the system works. Once in a year, when the day come, the American streets would run red with bad blood. And by the next morning, all of the repressed anger, dissent, envy, or even restricted love, would have been channeled out in one go. The Purge, the day that all crime would be legal, which includes theft, murder, and even rape. But to those who believe the system, they do not necessarily need to commit those crime just to show their support. They could just waited out the long day to pass. But to wait, means to survive.
Due to the 'game rules' where weapon class 4 is forbidden, the home security system developer never thought of a situation where the place of the victim would be besieged but rather invent the system to keep intruders away. You know, things like steel walls and reinforced shutters, instead of a solid concrete bunker like back in the Cold Wars. So when someone comes with heavy hitters, you pretty much just as good as roll over and be dead. That is what going to happened to Sandin's family when a group of psychopath youth come to their house to fulfill their Purging duties.
Käte Otersdorf in The Red Baron. All in all, the movie was incredibly good. Not exactly a blockbuster, but entertaining nonetheless. The movie was quite successful (they manage to gross out $89 million from a budget of only $3 million) I heard there would be a sequel, Purge 2, scheduled to be released in June 2014 which is this year.