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Purging my thoughts on The Purge

Posted on May 28, 2013 at 11:52 am by Chris Teregis

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The Purge’s premise is rock solid.  In the not-so-far-away future, in an effort to satiate the uncontrollable, murderous monster that dwells within every human on earth, the United States Government makes any/all crime legal for a twelve hour period and turns it into an annual holiday called “The Purge”.  Insert a family, whose state-of-the-art home security system becomes compromised in the middle of the night, and you have all the ingredients for a summer-horror blockbuster, right?  Well, lets just say that while the concept of this film had me excited, I feel like it may have been poorly EXECUTED.

The Good

Don’t take that the wrong way.  The Purge is, by no means a bad horror film.  It has the perfect blend of inherent campiness, terrifying mayhem, and nail-biting intensity.  Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey are fantastic as the smarmy, uber-rich Sandins, and newcomer, Rhys Wakefield, is charmingly demonic as the antagonizing “Polite Stranger”.  The script is solid.  Aside from a few silly moments involving the kids, the film does a great job exploring the socio-economic consequences of such an insane holiday, as well as shed light on some complicated ethical dilemmas.  You are constantly asking yourself “What would I do?” throughout the film.  And Hell, for the guy’s second film, James DeMonaco does a great job at helming this project.  Cheers, dude.

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The Bad

Where this film disappointed me, was in the exploration of the world surrounding the annual Purge.   I wanted to see the world surrounding this event more than I wanted to watch a rich family fight for their lives in a house.   What was going on in Las Vegas or the streets of New York?  What does the President do during The Purge?  What does the middle/lower class do to survive? They did such a great job at setting up such a reasonable, but villainous government and I felt like I was denied necessary and interesting information.

The Wishful Thinking

This movie isn’t bad…I just…I wanted Escape From New York meets V for Vendetta, I got The Strangers meets Panic Room.

I give this move a solid B.  Go see it if you are a fan of the genre, but this film isn’t changing anyone’s life.

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