‘The Purge,’ known as a 12-hour window where all crime is legalized seems like a pretty scary reality. But underneath, the film creeps under your skin, according to recent reviews. Do you think you’ll check out ‘The Purge’?
The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, is a story about a family held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized. It sounds exciting, but what do critics think?
‘The Purge’ Reviews
The Star-Ledger: Unfortunately, besides its borrowed (and botched) concept, the film doesn’t have much going for it. It sets up a few characters — rich dad, colorless mom, sullen daughter, peculiar son. No one seems remotely real, let alone interesting or distinct.
Washington Post: A stock home-invasion thriller made moderately more interesting by a thin veneer of pop psychology, “The Purge” asks us to believe that, in nine short years, American society will have become so depraved that our government will grant us one night a year to indulge our inner Neanderthals with impunity.
CBS Philly: The nightmarish legalized-crime scenario kicks off by providing us with an intriguing notion to take off from, and although the family-in-peril drama has its limitations as a claustrophobic suspense thriller, we never lose sight of the provocative political idea underneath the histrionics.
So, although DeMonaco certainly includes his share of generic and obligatory shock-scare moments (perhaps to placate producer Michael Bay?), and lets things get away from him in the late going with improbable derring-do, he recovers by getting back to the sociological implications of his film’s central idea.
So we’ll occupy 2½ stars out of 4 for an unsettling home-invasion thriller set in a speculative near future. Purging The Purge isn’t as easy as you might think.
New York Times: For most of its first hour, “The Purge” isn’t exactly an evening’s elevating entertainment, but it effectively creeps under the skin.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will you go see The Purge?
WATCH: ‘The Purge’ Official Trailer #1 (2013)
— Chris Rogers
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