Excerpt: there’s an interesting “what if” scenario that makes for good conversation and speculation by the audience. However, the execution borderlines on silly, with the movie thinking it’s a lot smarter than it really is.
Excerpt: a provocative idea about America’s growing economic divide, but DeMonaco guts his own premise by both showing his hand too early and obviously, by howling lapses of logic and with weak direction of his actors.
Excerpt: It’s safe to assume that writer-director James DeMonaco, who penned The Negotiator and Jack, wanted to make a “parking lot” movie, one that viewers can discuss on the way to their cars and maybe even on their way home. Unfortunately, it’s more an “exit sign” movie, where the audience quickly forgets the content, even though it has been pounded into the spectators’ heads. It doesn’t help that the core idea behind the film sounds problematic even to the most lax of thinkers.
Excerpt: One of the dumbest thrillers you’ll ever see, writer-director James DeMonaco’s The Purge starts out with an idiotic, far-fetched premise and continues to stretch our credibility so far that we can barely recall a time when we might have had some credibility to stretch.
Excerpt: In my screening audience for example, people would laugh and cheer as people were maimed, killed, shot and punished. These are the same people who probably find the hollow ideas presented in The Purge to be high-concept.