July 10th, 2013 [12:08:35]
cress: The premise is just hard to buy. It's actually well-made for a low budget flick, and this director should get bigger work as a result. It's just hard to swallow a "ten years from now" storyline where America sanctions an annual night of guilt-free violence.
Ethan Hawke gives a great performance, one of his best in recent memory. Lena Headey, though, looks lost. She's a good actress(she was great in DREDD), so I chalk this up to how her character was written.
The script has a lot of stupid stuff in it, besides the premise. The son and daughter are poorly written. The only good part is when they finally enter the house, and Hawke starts taking people out. The ending is lackluster as well. It's watchable, but not recommended.