The Purge (15) 85 mins **
A case of nice pitch, shame about the execution. In the America of 2022, citizens are allowed one night a year to rob or kill whomsoever they want – the State’s way of keeping crime down elsewhere. A promising first act establishes the vulnerable perimeters of one-percenter Ethan Hawke’s gated estate; when the power’s cut, however, routine home-invasion jolts ensue. Hawke gamely rolls up his sleeves to play action hero, but the film doesn’t develop its one good idea so much as stumble around in the dark with it for 85 minutes, crashing noisily into the furniture.
The Purge is available on DVD through Universal Pictures.