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Friday, April 5, 2013

The Purge Trailer



Don't look away, this is the trailer for the most disturbing movie of the year.

That was the pre-text for the two minute and thirty second trailer ad at the beginning of a YouTube video I was watching. What the hell? I figured, if it's the most disturbing movie of the year, I guess I'd better not look away. Then the images flash of a happy family, and the flavor text starts up.

1% unemployment, lowest crimerates ever. Shit be good here, yo.

Why?

The Purge.

Once a year, for twelve whole hours, there are no laws. You can kill anyone, burn anything, and do whatever the hell else you want without consequence from the government. At first, I was into it. I loved Falling Down, Escape From New York, Series 7: The Contenders, etc. Any move where shit just goes whacky and things go boom can suck fifteen dollars out of my wallet with no problems. Then they hint at the plot of the movie, and my mind starts to vomit bad thoughts.

This is the Assault on Precinct 13 remake. That's all it is. I can tell from the damn trailer. Maybe they're trying to throw a bit of The Strangers in there, but it's gotta be mostly Assault on Precinct 13 remake. Here's why:

  1. They take in a black man that people outside want to kill.
  2. The inhabitants of the house are locked down and under siege .
  3. They can turn over the black man and survive, or protect him and potentially die
  4. Action scenes where the outsiders break in and have to be fought off

There's a bit of the Strangers in it, with the creepy masks and sharp knives instead of Precinct 13's dirty cops with automatic rifles. Still, the trailer has a major Assault on Precinct 13 vibe, and casting Ethan Hawke as the lead certainly doesn't help.

I'm going to wait for cable.