I’m a sucker for a cool sounding premise, which is why The Purge has taken the last spot in my most anticipated list, beating all of these, quite probably better and more interesting films:
Pacific Rim – Guillermo Del Toro’s big robots vs big monsters film feat. Stringer Bell
I’m So Excited – New Almodovar flick, a comedy about something going horribly wrong on a plane
Gravity – Sci Fi flick from Alfonso Cuaron allegedly containing forty minute long single shot scenes of Clooney floating around in space
Alan Partridge: The Movie – which speaks for itself
Elysium – Follow up to the excellent District 9 from Neill Blomkamp- again sounds like sci-fi with a political bent
Byzantium – Neil Jordan vampire flick, hopefully without loads of Emo staring and appaling music
The Double – Richard Ayoade’s follow up to Submarine, based on the Dostoyevsky tale of a man driven mad by the appearance of his doppelganger.
The intriguing premise which forms the basis of The Purge is this:
“the movie is set in an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons. Every year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period during which any and all criminal activity — including murder — is legal.”
To me, that is an idea that has loads of promise and could make for a really interesting genre film in any number of ways, it could also make for an appalling straight to video (or I should say straight to DVD/Blu-Ray/Netflix etc) attrocity with few redeeming features.
I’m hoping for the former, but probably expecting the latter, its a similar feeling to when you hear there is a new Morrissey album coming out.
The Purge stars Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke, is released in May and has an IMDB page right here.