Excerpt: Het is 2022 en om uit de economische crisis te geraken heeft Amerika radicaal het roer omgegooid. Er zijn nieuwe “Founding Fathers”, de economie draait als nooit tevoren, en misdaad is zo ongeveer herleid tot nul. De oorzaak van al dit moois? “The Purge”! Eén dag per jaar wordt gedurende twaalf uur alles ongestraft toegestaan.
Conclusion: I like the premise of The Purge , as it invites debate about the moral implications of a 12-hour window when all crime is completely legal. The film doesn't quite merit such a rigorous debate, and it suffers from an unconvincingly pedestrian midsection that fails to deviate from countless home-invasion thrillers. This world is ripe for exploration, but the film's limited budget keeps it grounded.
Conclusion: 'The Purge' could have been a great home invasion story and movie, however, its undertones and on-the-nose political and social commentaries drive this film right into the dirt. At least the video and audio presentations are top notch, but only one less-than-average extra doesn't make this the strongest release. I'd rent this before purchasing.
Excerpt: There are certain movies out there that are destined to be hits. I’m talking Harry Potter and Batman or, essentially, any super hero movie. We know it and we accept it. One thing that’s always fascinated me about the movie business are those little films that could. You know what I’m talking about here, those films like Clerks or My Big Fat Greek Wedding . Those that were made on a small budget and became both critically and commercially successful.
Excerpt: The Film Ethan Hawke has had some pretty steady work since 1985's Explorers . However, he's never really become a big box-office draw. Now, 2001's Training Day doesn't count. Um, Denzel Washington was in it, people! That said, Hawke's work in the horror genre has scared up some pretty decent numbers. That's probably why just one year after Sinister , Hawke has added The Purge to his resume.
Conclusion: The Purge paints with broad strokes and big ideas but remains too small, too implausible, too obvious and too narrow in its focus to do much good. It even fails as a home invasion pic, which is saying something since its genre bits are its best. Thankfully, Universal's Blu-ray release at least makes the most of the film's high definition presentation.
Excerpt: James DeMonaco's The Purge doesn't just pale in the shadow of The Strangers , an old-school spooker that understood that there's no greater horror than the unknown; it cringes in it. A rote home-invasion thriller afraid to be seen as just another rote home-invasion thriller, the film turgidly grasps for profundity by framing bloodlust as patriotic duty.