Monday, November 28, 2016

THE PURGE

The Purge Movie Review

One night a year, for twelve hours, the United States has "The Purge", an event in which emergency services are suspended, and (almost) all crime becomes legal. The result? Unemployment is down to one percent, the economy is rocking and rolling Reagan style, and crime is almost non-existent. We follow a family lead by James Sandin (Ethan Hawke, Sinister) as they attempt to hide from (and fight off) a group of people invading their home. So I know what you're thinking--if you legalize crime, including home robbery, rape, and murder, the crimes will be primarily carried out by low income folks in less than stellar neighborhoods because, you know, that's who commits most of those crimes, and where most of those crimes take place in real life. But let us not forget, avid readers, that this is Hollywood, and in Hollywood, there is one group that is more evil, murderous, and heinous than any other...

Rich white people

Not long into the movie we discover the rich white people are there to kill a poor black man, and it's up to the Sandins (more rich white people) to protect him. If you can breath with all the political nonsense shoved down your throat, the movie will keep you interested with graphic, bloody, and, at times, unpredictable death scenes. The terror feels forced, and the suspense, when it's actually there, is brief, traded in for scenes that are shot for no other purpose than to make the film seem hipper than it is. The Purge isn't a movie one would expect to be a box office hit, and without the political slant, it probably would have been a limited release (at best) film. However, this movie did well at the box office and, to date, spurned two follow ups. Watch it for the death scenes and if you're an Ethan Hawke fan.

On A Scale Of One To Ten: 6

The Purge Movie Trailer

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