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The Purge - Review

The Purge - Review

The Purge – June 7, 2013 (5/10)


The Purge has an original and thrilling concept. That’s probably why it came in first place at the box office with $34 million. But unfortunately the movie ended up being another cliché home-invasion horror film. They even played the trailer for You’re Next – About masked psychopaths attacking a family in their log cabin. So these movies are everywhere.

One of the talking points about the Purge is that it’s supposed to target poor people because they can’t afford security systems. Thus eliminating unemployment and crime in New America. But the movie would have been more thrilling if it followed a poor family instead because the stakes are higher.

The story follows the Sandin family as they try to survive the night. Their son, Max, thinks it’s a good idea to let a homeless person into their house. So then the crazy people show up and demand that the family send out the homeless person because they want to kill him for the Purge. They won’t kill the family unless they take too long. But the family decides to fight back instead, which seemed very stupid and unnecessary.

If the crazy people had no intention on hurting the family, then let them in and search for the homeless guy together! A huge amount of time was wasted just trying to look for the guy. The family could have just been neighborly and worked together. Then move on with the night. The Purge is not the time to be a hero. The tagline is “survive the night,” not “be an idiot and put your entire family in jeopardy by getting involved with something that doesn’t even concern you.”

Overall The Purge feels like any other home-invasion movie. Bad guys outside the house. Bad guys inside the house. Family fights back. The end. There is a lot more to explore in a society that purges once a year. With the movie’s successful opening weekend, plans have already gone ahead to make a sequel. Hopefully we’ll get something on a larger scale.

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