The Purge is a movie that I have been anxiously waiting to see since I am both an Ethan Hawke fan and also a fan of sci-fi thrillers about bleak and disturbing futures. It would seem however that although the Purge offers two things I love the movie is far from perfect and possibly not worth seeing.
I am not entirely sure why the film has gotten no promotion but some of our team have speculated that its because the film is atrocious and not worth the marketing effort. I for one am still holding out hope that it will be 90 minutes of entertainment for the ‘right audience’ which hopefully will make it worth it when I see it tonight.
In The Purge, a speculative 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.
Here is what others are saying and what our own team think of it;
But for the most part, this is a suspense movie in which you can see every twist coming a mile off. It’s a political movie made by someone whose only exposure to politics was getting drunk and reading a single issue of Socialist Worker in the 1990s. It’s an “edgy” movie that keeps cutting its own fingers. This is very much the sort of movie that you should Netflix six months from now and watch with a copious supply of your beverage or drug of choice. Don’t be afraid to get high as a motherfucker while watching this film, even if you live in a state with vigorous drug enforcement — because America and God want you to break all of the laws, in the name of patriotism. Amen.
Despite ending on a strange note, and containing some cliched horror movie characters and tropes, The Purge is an easily commendable film to those who like the short, sweet, and cathartic violent enjoyment of a solid thriller – and/or those who enjoy entertaining movies that also leave you with something to think about. Those looking for a good horrormovie might not get the “scares” they want – but tension they will enjoy in earnest, along with a few good laughs at those “I’m going in the basement alone” moments in the script. All in all, a solid bit of work from Mr. DeMonaco.
…Whom we should all thank when real-life “Purge Clubs” start showing up in neighborhoods nationwide.
Our own writer Ash writes;
It starts well enough as we are introduced to the family and what the Purge entails. The tension builds leading up to 7pm and there are a couple of characters outside of the family to which you feel are possibly hiding something more sinister inside. It builds, it builds, it builds and then boom! Nothing. Unless you enjoy watching a toy remote control car try to communicate with a seeming mute man in the dark, then this is a damp squib of a movie that has no direction whatsoever. It’s all over the place with ideas, but nothing pays off. The second act in particular is painfully slow, monotonous and repetitive. It’s not scary nor funny and, first act aside, it’s not suspenseful either. So what is it?
Have you seen the Purge? Leave a comment and tell us what you thought. Are you planning to see it this weekend?