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I could rip this franchise as a whole all day long, but let's stick to the basics. Ex machina out the wazoo, recycled cliches, and questionable direction leads this movie to the bottom of the barrel. It almost felt a rehash of the far superior film The Strangers. The only difference being hey we are trying to make a statement directed to society.......YAWN! Standard disposable home invasion movie bottom line.
Cleanse your soul. What if this were to happen for real? We need this. This kind of behavior is immoral. All thoughts that you will find racing through your head as you take the irresistible ride through the eyes of a family just trying to survive the night. From the beginning you are faced with the Sandin clan who are placed in an impossible situation, either give up "the homeless swine" who has found refuge within their homes or face inevitability. The film deals with the element of morality and ultimately forces the family's patriarch, Ethan Hawke's character James to make sacrifices. The film proves that no matter the situation, no matter how much money or isolation you can provide, no one is every completely safe, not from their friends nor complete strangers. The thrill of the Purge are fueled by hatred and our own intense desires to release our inner beast!
The premise is very interesting, and while there were a lot of different ways the script could have gone, The Purge feels like nothing more than a wasted opportunity. Almost every character makes a choice that is either needlessly irrational or just utterly stupid, either way, it makes them all very unlikable.
The idea has a great potential and it raises the expectations to some next level violence, but on the contrary it was soft and immature. Seemed like whoever wrote it had some deep grudges over how EARNING money works.
Cleverly balancing traditional home-invasion frights with a dystopian worldview, The Purge is a nail-bitingly tense economic parable that uses futuristic madness as a springboard for a timely franchise, although writer-director James DeMonaco plays it a bit safe once the violence gets going.
While I enjoy the way the characters handle the annual Purge with a decent amount of nonchalance and reverent fear, I don't think the film gives enough reasoning for this national event. It is, however, morally fascinating, especially the decisions the central family has to make. A fairly ingenious premise that effectively plays on the disparity between America's rich and poor, letdown by becoming a second-rate home invasion flick.