Fans of survival horror should be in for a treat as the trailer for the new home invasion film Purge has just been released. Starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady, directed by James DeMonaco (writer of The Negotiator) with producing going to Jason Blum (one of the team behind Paranormal Activity). Below is the synopsis and trailer for this film that shows a horrific, possible future.
“In an America wracked with crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is 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”
There seems to be a resurgence of this type of home invasion movies as of late with this movie and You’re Next each released in a few months of one another. This takes a slightly different route, because with most home invasion flicks, you do not know the killers motives until after the event. Here we know exactly what the killers want, and it is the family’s own humanity that has put them in this situation. Will this movie take The Hills Have Eyes route and have the family relinquish their humanity to stay alive? The electronic boarded up house scenario plays out a little like Panic Room, only the whole house becomes one prison when the killers start circling. An America gone mad is a great topic for movies with God Bless America and Series 7 – The Contender, all looking at a world that promotes or legalizes illegal crimes.
Recently there has been an over reliance on scary masks to get the job done. This is certainly not a new thing for horror movies to do and it’s an easy way to get a scare, but the more interesting scenes for me were when the killers were unmasked and talking directly to the camera about their motives. It worked for the original Funny Games film and it certainly packs a punch here, in the few scenes we see it. Because it is made by some of the team from Paranormal Activity there does seem to be an excessive amount of out of shot shocks, where a character cannot see a figure looming in the back ground coming to get them. Perhaps what is more scary is the entire concept of an America where 12 hours illegal activity is not frowned open, but openly encouraged and seen as being the new way of keeping the crime down. More shocking is how realistic this film has made this plot seem. Here is hoping this is not what is in store for us in the future.
So overall first impressions are very positive with Ethan Hawke doing the concerned father act quite well, but we will have to watch the entire film to see how well it plays out in the movie. The premise is fantastic and some of the scenes with the killers stalking the house look incredibly grim. Again it is the well dressed, possibly upper class people who have decided to indulge in some killing fun and a black, possible middle or working class guy stuck in the conflict with the family. The interesting bit with the potential victim, while watching the trailer I got the impression he may not be as innocent as he appears. Only down side to this trailer would be the use of quick cuts to show the killers when the trailer was crying out for some slow, methodical tracking shots to really get us on the edge of our seat.
Here are some promotional posters and stills, mostly from Dread Central to keep you going till the film comes out…
The Purge is set for release on May 31st 2013.