“The Purge”June 9th, 2013 at 9:15 am by Sy Becker under A Look at the Movies
1 hour 25 minutes
Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Now we know how to make crime obsolete, and make lawlessness go away completely in the near future.
Devote one night a year to an anything goes bloodbath, targeting anyone you choose with the police looking the other way.
That’s “The Purge”, an ugly, obnoxious thriller Impersonating a message movie. Our hero, Ethan Hawke bolts all the doors to his suburban fortress as he rationalizes the coming bloodshed.
The murderous, marauding mob wouldn’t dream of Ignoring the smug upper middle class Hawke and family. Remember, the less fortunate are obligated to vent their smoldering resentment.
How can this overblown thriller running a scant 85 minutes feeling like a much longer waste of time?
By the time Hawke and family conclude “The Purge” Isn’t such a good idea after all, the audience is busy texting their friends urging them to stay home.
The artificial social message doesn’t fool anyone. “The Purge” was made strictly for the blood and guts crowd. And for such a limited outlook, Let’s Purge “The Purge” with a measly two stars.
And one more complaint. Ethan Hawke is much too good an actor to go slumming in such a trashy neighborhood.