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Film Reviews: The Colony (2013) and The Purge (2013)
The Colony (2013). Co-written and directed by Jeff Renfroe. The film is set in 2045, after mankind have accidentally turned the Earth into an Arctic wasteland, while attempting to fix global warming. Small pockets of humanity survive under the snow, and one such group are Colony 7. The colony receives a message that another nearby colony are under attack, so a group of three men set out to see if they can help. The Colony is an OK film. The story is a little slow in places and predictable, but at least the setting is somewhat original. For those who don't mind somewhat depressing post-apocalyptic SF and horror. 3/5 (Average)

The Purge (2013). Written and directed by James DeMonaco. The film is set in 2022 in the USA. The government have introduced a 12-hour period per year called The Purge, where all crime is allowed. The reason for this is to try and purge mankind of all the hatred and other negative emotions. The effect has been to stimulate the economy and near eliminate unemployment and crime the rest of the year. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) sells security to fortify homes during the purge, for those who don't want to take part. He locks down his own home as the yearly purge starts, but then his son lets in a homeless man who begs for sanctuary. A group of "purgers" arrive at the house saying that they are hunting the man and that he must be released. The main problem with The Purge is the believability of the central premise, that people would commit serious crimes if given half the chance, and more so that the government would permit this. The onus is on the viewer to try and suspend their disbelief in this respect. A fairly average and predictable horror film plays out against the backdrop of the central premise. For those who don't mind a horror with a somewhat anaemic story. 3/5 (Average)