A well-executed, self-contained, high-concept thriller that supposes a near future where the USA have put forward an extreme solution to violent crime. Mix that in a pot with a little bit of meditation on capitalism, corporatism, democracy, and even law-making, and you get this tense little film. Not too many clichés, surprisingly. Hawke does a great job (as usual).
Simultaneously heavy handed and clever. An effective depiction of 2013 neoliberal America, where wealth inequality has reached catastrophic levels - basically, every day is Purge Day. Ten years from now it will be probably considered a minor masterpiece. Think John Carpenter''s Assault on Precinct 13 meets The Strangers with a political subtext. I am waiting for Zizek's exegesis.
Cool concept with great production work and fine performances. The direction is however very uneven and the director seems to be hesitant about what movie he wants to make. The tone veers from home-invasion-movie to slasher-horror to social commentray to class thriller. Enjoyable while you're watching but ultimately confusing when everything is over.
This movie is outstanding in what it puts in our faces, politically, and in emotional and cultural terms. Its premise is very strong and delivered in a solid fashion. Did not give it more stars, because it develops like a thriller, a home invasion movie, something like that. And I'm not sure that it (the way the plot unfolds) serves the politics and the premise, or if the premise is just excuse for a horror flick.
This movie has a really strong concept. I'm satisfied with the execution but I think it could have been a lot better and deeper. It could have been a lot more controversial and shocking for it had the right topic to be exploited; but that doesn't really matter in the end anyway because the discussion still continues after the movie's been watched.
entertaining I guess, but so much stuff doesn't make sense. they had a chance of getting away with it and shoving the guy out of the door for the killers with time to spare, but instead just faffed about and ran out of time. dumbbbbbb.
It felt like a remake of an 80's movie that never existed, and I think that's a pretty good compliment. The premise is so over the top that I thought it would have to be all grindhousey, but the events that unfold are mostly grounded and plausible for taking place in such an unbelievable framework. But, if anything, it's too restrained and its greatest conflicts aren't resolved as climactically as you'd expect.
There were definitely the moments that stunk of what has become "cliche Hollywood", but in an overall sense, The Purge focuses on a topic that very much could be prevalent in years to come, and does so in an effective way that portrays the near future in a realistic way. One positive is that I was on the edge of my seat, very tense, for most of the film. It isn't the greatest film by any means, but intense for sure.