By Delyth Jones (Wales)


It’s 2022 and as you can imagine there is some sort of weird and understandable law which comes in the form of a twelve-hour let’s kill whoever is around this corner period held annually for 12 hours during which all crime (including murder, theft, and rape) is completely legal. Yes, you just read that, ladies and gentlemen, that is the plot to this decent but not brilliant thriller which sort of made me want to delete what I just saw from my memory but what can you do.

Sharing the similarities to Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta and that politics has gone mental and society has crumbled to this state. It stars security system salesman James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) returning to his home in an affluent Los Angeles suburb to prepare for holding out the night with his wife Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children, Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and Charlie (Max Burkholder) (okay casting).

It’s sort of like The Hunger Games but with more killing and even more random acts of affliction and that dude from Home and Away is in it, if you watched that show you know who I’m talking about, am I right ladies? Due to the factor that I find the plot lacking any sort of decent content I can’t help but enjoy the performance and gruesome scenes and excitement of what will happen next.

It was a hit at the box office (how the hell did that happen?) so if it’s raining and you’re not into Mrs. Browns Boys (who isn’t?), this is the film for you. But sitting through a hopeless attempt of a thriller/horror film with the most original plot ever then please read a book or something.


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