Review: The Purge

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So I came into this movie thinking that it was going to be just okay. When I first saw the trailer, I thought that this was going to be an interesting movie to watch. The idea was farfetched but it’s still an interesting concept. When the movie came out I went to look at reviews and those that were for this movie were not very good. I still wanted to see it to make my own opinion about it. So, I saw it with my brother-in-law and, let me tell you….it wasn’t very good. Not well thought out at all. I don’t even know where to begin with where this movie went wrong. There might be spoilers in this so please don’t read on if you plan on watching it sometime in the future.

Where to begin…

Ok so this movie starts with graphic violent scenes of people being killed or beaten up. These are surveillance footage from all over the United States. The US, in the movie, has gotten so bad that the government has decided to make a drastic decision…make crime legal for 12 hours in one year in order to keep the peace for the rest of the year. It sounds like an interesting story until you think about it. How did they even get everyone to agree to this? No one really explains this. Also, how do those people who have a psychotic urge to commit a certain crime control themselves all year? Many, many questions are unanswered. Nothing is explained at the end either. And I guess we are left to assume that the rest of the world is also in ruin because why would anyone want to live in a country like that in the first place. All the rich people would have left (and this clearly isn’t true since the main character is filthy rich). The movie leaves too much to the viewer’s imagination.

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Here come the spoilers. Who in their right mind would tell their child the code that can be used to disarm their home security? Why would you even let your young son in the security room? Hmmm…I don’t know about you, but I think that room should be off limits. And you know that homeless guy they let in the house that started this whole mess? How is he still alive and James (Ethan Hawke) is dead? I know that James was stabbed with a bigger knife but come on! And lastly (might not be because I could have missed some things here and there) why didn’t Mary (Lena Headey) offer to pay for the homeless guy’s medical bills? They can clearly afford it with all the money they had and the guy saved their lives. It was just kind of rude for her to let him walk out of their house at the end of the movie and not do anything for him. They even tried to get him killed by trying to offer him up to the bad guys. Also, he clearly wasn’t going to make it because he’s homeless. How is he going to pay for his own treatment?

So yeah, you can already tell that I do not recommend this film. Save your money and time and see something else. If you guys watched it, let me know what you think.

Audience: R
Scariness factor: 1
Acting: 6
Story: 5
Direction: 5
Would I recommend: No

*Note: Based on a scale from 1 to 10. 1 being the worst and 10 being the best you could get in a category.

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