VIDEO: The Purge (2013)

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For the next 24 hours, all crime is legal, but the most shocking part is Michael Bay’s studio Platinum Dunes produced something that’s not a wretched, unnecessary remake of an ’80s horror classic! Count Jackula and Horror Guru review their newest release The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, and Rhys Wakefield.

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  • I didn’t hate the movie, but it really felt like a complete waste of a good concept. If they had really had some balls and took the movie to its logical conclusion, it would’ve been epic. The problem is when the movie starts expecting us to care about the fates of these characters, because they do too good a job of making us hate Ethan Hawke & Lena Headey’s characters. They are utterly detestable from the first frame, and their about face in the middle of the movie doesn’t do much to redeem them. From the setup I thought I knew exactly how the movie was gonna end: Once the rest of the family gets killed off, probably by the neighbors (who are probably the psychos yet to be unmasked), the emo tech genius youngest kid, in a move of utter vengeful nihilism, will hack his dad’s security network and deactivate the security of every rich yutz his dad ever sold security too, resulting in a mob of angry homeless people swarming the houses and ripping their occupants limb from limb. I mean seriously, was that not what they were leading up to? All the pieces were there, it was so obvious and would’ve been a far more satisfying end. Instead we get this infuriating white supremacist status quo restored ending. I hate how the nameless hobo gets absolutely no agency in the story. Even when (SPOILERS) he saves the family at the end, he still leaves all the decision making to them. Good or bad, white rich people control everything in this movie, so despite its claims of being against social stratification, it still comes across as alarmingly elitist.

    Come to think of it, maybe I do hate this movie. :P

    Also, it’s not really a horror movie. It thinks it’s a horror movie, it’s wearing the trappings of a horror movie, but by the end it’s pretty clear what it actually is is Die Hard, except Hans Gruber is wearing a spooky mask.

    • Linda Howard

      I would have found the tech genius kid concept unbelievable. The kid was actually the one *most* empathetic to the plight of others. The father, on the other hand… especially when his neighbors show up… if, he, dying at their hands, had a way to disable their systems, pan up to their security lights going out and the sounds of a violent mob, THAT could have been glorious.

    • Nine Breaker

      I got more of a Die Hard crossed with Panic Room vibe while watching
      this. Gotta go with The Count on this one. It was just meh imo. I was
      really hoping they would go more into the moral concept between the rich
      and powerful living in virtual fortresses, while the rest are
      left to their own devices.(In fact, I would have liked it more if it
      ended like what you said.) I also love the fact that certain people are “exempt” from the rules of the purge.

      This just seemed like someone took a “locked room” concept and added a half-hearted sci-fi plot element in it.

  • MichaelANovelli

    I really liked this film, but it reminded me of Zulu. That was distracting…

    • Jack Shen

      …ZULU?! Dude you have to explain that.

      • MichaelANovelli

        A group of people with superiority complexes barricaded in a confined area, surrounded by less-well armed people surrounding them on all sides, trying to kill them. I would also go with Assault On Precinct 13, but The Purge felt bigger. Hence, Zulu…

        • The Horror Guru

          Good point. =P

    • The Horror Guru

      Drug is a hell of a cocaine.

  • The_Stig

    The premise really falls apart if you actually think about it, doesn’t it? BTW I didn’t think the Nightmare on Elm Street remake was bad, it was just flawed as all hell.

    • Jack Shen

      Sorry man, gonna disagree, that Nightmare remake sucks on toast.

  • Thomas Stockel

    Kudos to pointing out Return of The Archons.

    • Jack Shen

      Truthfully, the creators of the film, stated that episode as their inspirational source.

      • Thomas Stockel

        Honestly? That is awesome.

        • The Horror Guru

          That they did. =)

  • FullofQuestions1

    Hmm. Well, I’ll still be going to see this movie tomorrow.

    • The Horror Guru

      Rock on! =)

  • The Horror Guru

    This review made my cheese taste funny.

  • Alexa

    Will admit haven’t seen the movie but the bad guy does *look* like he could fit the bill as The Joker. Probably will catch this when it goes on Netflix though.