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06/03/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Purge" by Yojimbo

In a future society where crime is legalised for one night a year, a family is threatened by the ensuing violence when their fortress-like home is invaded by strangers out for blood. On the surface, The Purge seems very like a typical stalker-horror hybrid where an ordinary family is subjected to some rather graphic violence in a similar way to the likes of Funny Games and The Strangers. The story of this film does at least attempt a more sophisticated approach however, using the analogy of the legalisation of crime as a kind of logical conclusion to neoliberalism and its associated concept of "meritocracy"; it is inevitably the poor who are the subject of violence and murder as the rich either hunker down in their secure gated communities to watch on television or indulge in hu...

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04/16/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The effect totally failed.

The concept is brilliant, the effect totally failed. I expected much more from this film, but against all odds, it was just a flabby fuss about nothing.You can hardly call it a thriller as I wasn't biting my nails because of any tense moments. It wasn't horror either, not even by a long shot. Someone putting on a clown mask doesn't make it necessarily a horror film. And beats me where the SF part is.

I can only agree that it's totally predictable . The moment the neighbours came over to bring the cookies and you saw the jealousy dripping from them, I knew enough.
I also don't think the idea of "The Purge" is really feasible. Any decent citizen would take the opportunity with both hands to deal with his annoying neighbor, boss or annoying cackling wife. I would try it anyway....

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06/12/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"Meh" Horror Flick Doesn't Fulfill It's Potential

The Purge suffers from a serious case of “stupid-it is,” and an even worse case of “not scary-it is,” but at least it’s entertaining.

If it wasn’t for its ridiculous premise The Purge would be a dull as dirt slasher flick. The movie doesn’t know what the heck it’s trying to do (for a movie that’s apparently anti-violence, it sexualizes violence quite a lot) but I think that might actually be for the best. The utter ridiculousness of what’s happening, and the way the movie seems to sleepwalk through its potentially clever premise is the only thing that makes this movie stand out.

Go see it if you like horror movies or are interested in the premise, otherwise you’ll probably be okay to skip this one. It’s not really bad, but it’s not particularly good either.

Admittedly the...

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06/10/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The Purge

The Purge (2013) R In the near future, all crime has been eliminated due to The Purge. It’s one night, where, in a twelve-hour period, anybody can commit any crime and get away with it. The Sandin family is set for the night, as their house is literally a fortress. But a stranger begs his way into their home and, suddenly, they are the target of some devious hit-men out to get the stranger. This is a violent film that uses the “shakey cam” (where the camera shakes for effect) for much of its action sequences. In this Hunger Games for adults, the people in this film don’t really seem real, as their character development is almost paper thin. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headly aren’t given anything to work with, and Headly, whom I like as an actress, comes off as a screaming crybaby. I coul...

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