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.
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!
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.
Excerpt: Home Alone crosses paths with The Strangers and, of all things, Gareth Evans’ The Raid in writer-director James DeMonaco’s The Purge , a despicable, ugly and valueless exercise in hate, that purges all potential out of its interesting, original concept.
Excerpt: The Purge is a B home-invasion thriller ladled with thick dollops of political allegory. Set in the near future, the movie portrays a quasi-libertarian America where, once a year, law enforcement and emergency services are shut down, and murder is decriminalized for 12 hours.