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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Critic Reviews for The Purge
Writer-director James DeMonaco's The Purge fritters away its promise in lurid, frenzied violence.
DeMonaco clearly hopes to make a significant moral statement on the level of Shirley Jackson's literary masterpiece The Lottery. Alas, his aim at political conservatives who support the gun lobby falls flat before he can pull the trigger.
If The Purge is as far-sighted as Network proved to be, we are in for very ugly times.
That old horror-movie standard, a homestead besieged by psychos, gets remixed with a bit of Occupy-era class-conflict satire in the disappointing future-set thriller The Purge.
Gimmicky chiller lacks the robustness and distinction needed to support its social-commentary ambitions.
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.|