The Purge (2013)
Critic Consensus: Half social allegory, half home-invasion thriller, The Purge attempts to make an intelligent point, but ultimately devolves into numbing violence and tired clichés.
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as James Sandin
as Mary Sandin
as Zoey Sandin
as Charlie Sandin
as Bloody Stranger
as Polite Leader
as Mrs. Grace Ferrin
as Mr. Cali
as Mr. Halverson
as Mrs. Halverson
as Mr. Ferrin
as Dr. Peter Buynak
as Freak Interrupting
as Female Freak
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Critic Reviews for The Purge
Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.
Standard "stalk, attack, revenge" home invasion material, but it's also laced with an appreciable sense of pointed social commentary.
There might be true satire here, but it would take a far less bored reviewer than me to pick away at the flab surrounding the satire.
An effective balance of mood and style, not overburdened by grotesque displays of violence but suggestive enough to create a space of believable bleakness that warrants our continued interest until the very last frame.
...a rather ludicrous premise that's employed to persistently underwhelming effect by writer/director James DeMonaco...
Audience Reviews for The Purge
Couldn't agree more with the critic consensus.
What comes up as a thought-provoking allegory that doesn't shy away from the sociopolitical implications of its premise soon gets lost in a last half hour that falls flat with a ridiculous excess of dei ex machina and reduces the Purge to what seems like a laughable sect.
You will go into The Purge intrigued by its premise and you will leave very disappointed.
In a futuristic America, the new government (called the Founding Fathers) has managed to eliminate murder and unemployment by making all crime legal for one night each year. The logic is that this night of "purging" allows us to let loose our animalistic nature as well as letting the poor, less contributing members of society kill each other off.
The film does not expand on these concepts, leaving much to be desired. It'll be too easy for critics to expose all of its flaws as a plausible system. Instead, the plot devolves into a standard home invasion movie that is predictable and populated with really, really stupid characters.
The Purge is an example of taking a cool set up and turning it into cliche, forgettable crap.
The Purge Quotes
|Mary Sandin:||Get the fuck out of my house.|
|James Sandin:||We're gonna make it through tonight, and everything is gonna be okay.|
|Zoey Sandin:||Nothing is ever going to be okay again.|
|Polite Leader:||Just let us Purge.|
|Zoey Sandin:||Nothing will ever be okay again.|
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