[BD Review] Brad Says ‘The Purge’ Does Little With Good Ideas

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Writer/Director James DeMonaco’s Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes-produced The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller and Rhys Wakefield, hits theaters today, June 7th. While Mr. Disgusting found some elements to like in the film, he ultimately didn’t walk away satisfied.

The opening title sequence for The Purge promises a much larger scope than what eventually hits the screen. We see spy cam shots from across the “new” Nation as chaos erupts; there’s a rash of beatings, gunfights, and much more shots of extreme violence. The conceit is clear, and the visuals promise to deliver one hell of a night of brutality. Instead, The Purge could actually be referring to how writer/director James DeMonaco squeezed such an enormous idea into a single, lackluster location.

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  • horrorking95

    I saw this last night and actually really, really enjoyed it! It’s a fabulous home invasion flick and I commend the writer/s for focussing the film on one family and location. It made things much more involving and intense. It’s definitely worth a watch and a great warm-up to the hopefully brilliant You’re Next!

    8/10

    • WalkWithMeInDarkness

      I agree. Definitely a fun, entertaining lead up to You’re Next. 8/10 for me, too.

  • Kwonkicker

    Catching it tomorrow night, I still think it looks promising.

  • Milk

    I am looking forward to this. I hope Brad is wrong.

  • violentdope

    how can brad be wrong with his own opinion? I saw it yesterday and hes right..it does little with good ideas..not terrible film but not good either..too many lame jump scares and characters doing stupid things…

  • Nasher

    Two words “Platinum Dunes”.. when that’s on the box you walk away.

    Sure it will look nice, they provide good cameras, but the content will be lacking any soul, wit, originality or finesse. These are the people who think Marcus Nisspel is a director you employ more than once.

  • WalkWithMeInDarkness

    So, I just got back from seeing this movie and personally, I’m pleased. I knew better than to expect a large scope movie, it’s a Blumhouse Production, their movies are always low budget. The Purge was made for like 3 million dollars, so I already knew we’d be confined to one location for most of the movie. But I had fun, it entertained me and it’s pulled in enough to make it a hit, so I’d say we’re definitely gonna get a sequel and with a higher budget a second film could possibly have a bigger scope and explore the concept more.