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Monday, June 10, 2013

THE PURGE REVIEW


About The Movie:


If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. 

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. 


When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide. 


What Is Good/Bad About The Movie:

The absurd ethnic-cleansing rationales behind The Purge sound revolutionary enough because I thought Hollywood came up with a ‘new’ idea for a movie but I can’t get pass such a stupid idea for a movie. Now I know that said I was going to see Will Smith’s After Earth, but it was sold out and I had to settle for The Purge. After getting pass the ridiculousness of this movie, this movie actually makes you ask yourself could I kill someone if it were legal.
This question came into play after Sandin’s son Charlie (Max Burkholder) – unquestionably the dumbest character I’ve seen on screen in years – spies a helpless black man wandering down the family’s suburban street after lockdown on Purge Night. Despite the fact that this has been determined as the most lethal evening on our nation’s calendar, Charlie disarms his family’s high-tech security code and lets the stranger in. Lunacy. Then, in a scrum, the Sandins lose this homeless man in their massive abode. Of course. And finally, a masked crew of murderous maniacs begin banging on the Sandin’s front door, proclaiming their right to purge their anger on this “lowly” human and threaten to come in if the Sandin family doesn’t force the innocent man out. 
Why oh why was After Earth sold out? This question I asked myself only got worst as I watched characters behave idiotically, with Charlie making numerous hair-brained decisions that put his family in danger. Intelligent analysis of the repercussions of this unique society is shuttled for grisly abuses that are rote and ineffective. If The Purge spawns sequels, as cheaply-produced horror movies often do, producers would be wise to figure out how to a movie that actually makes sense. 

Overall Grade: D

2 comments:

  1. The original Star Trek did this in it's first year. It was during Festival and they had to stop Landru.

    Given that your 1st choice was After Earth, I think you night was doomed from the start. :)

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    1. so After Earth is much worst? Okay then

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