"Purging Society of the Weak"
THE PURGE is a futuristic Twilight Zone movie that comments on American society and its penchant and fascination for violence. In the story, a middle-class family has to survive a 12-hour period of rampant, legalized violence. THE PURGE is a harrowing, but suspenseful, experience, with some light moral elements, but the positive content is outweighed by some extreme violence, strong foul language, and liberal social commentary.
THE PURGE is a futuristic Twilight Zone movie that comments on American society and its penchant and fascination for violence. The movie leans a bit to the left in its social commentary, but it does have what seems to be a pro-gun ownership message at the end.
The story is set nine years in the future. After another harrowing economic recession, the American government has been replaced by an authoritarian regime spouting high-minded, vaguely religious language. Once a year, for 12 hours, the regime lets Americans rob, steal, assault, and even murder fellow citizens, with no consequence. This “purge” seems to have come down most hard on the poor, so much so that unemployment now stands at something like 1%, and crime is way down.
The story focuses on James Sandin, his wife Mary, and their two children, 16-year-old Zoey and 14-year-old Charlie. James has made a pretty good living selling Anti-Purge home security systems to all the neighbors in their middle-class gated community.
However, everything’s not all hunky dory with this family. Unlike James, Mary isn’t so gung ho about the Purge. Also, Charlie is very frightened by the Purge and has withdrawn emotionally from the family. Finally, James has forbidden his daughter, Zoey, to see an older teenage boy. That doesn’t stop the boy from sneaking into Zoey’s room before the new Purge night dawns.
Making matters worse, just after the new purge night begins, Charlie lets a wounded homeless black man into the house. The poor man’s being chased by a gang of rich young thugs who pick on homeless people. Then, since he can get away with it during the Purge, Zoey’s boyfriend tries to kill her father, but James shoots the boy dead instead.
Now, the young thugs come knocking at the door, demanding James and the family turn over the black man, or else. The problem is, Charlie has hidden the black guy, the thugs have turned off all the lights, and James can’t find the black dude in the dark.
Can James and his family make it through the night? Especially when the young masked thugs and their creepy leader bring a tow truck to yank the steel door off the front of their house? Finally, will James cave and give the black man to the thugs after he captures him?
THE PURGE is a harrowing, but suspenseful, experience, logging in at a lean 85 minutes. The acting is on point and realistic, led by a couple veterans. However, the movie contains some extreme violence and strong foul language. Also, the movie leans a bit to the left. Thus, being rich and becoming rich is seen as exploitive. America’s allegedly violent society takes a beating in this movie (though, in reality, gun violence has gone down recently due to widespread gun ownership and the efforts of MOVIEGUIDE® and others to limit the success of very violent R-rated movies and promote the success of more Christian, more family-friendly movies).
Despite the movie’s left-leaning political points, there is a situation later on in the story where envy of rich people leads to evil. At the end, it’s a gun in the hand of a strong man, and the efforts of their father, that saves the two children. So, MOVIEGUIDE® isn’t giving THE PURGE a Minus Four Abhorrent Rating but a Minus Three Excessive Rating for its liberal content, foul language, and violence.
By the way, in case you’re wondering, in the movie, the top government officials are immune to the Purge. You can’t attack or kill them, or steal from them, and get away with it.
(RoRo, APAP, AcapAcap, B, P, H, Ab, LL, VVV, S, MM) Strong Romantic, liberal worldview that seems to lean a bit to the left in its negative commentary on the American people, their penchant and fascination for violence, and capitalism’s role in that situation, though, in the end, the story also shows that, if you want to protect your family from evil violent people, it’s a good idea to have a gun with a strong man behind it, plus some moral elements about helping people in need, protecting the innocent, punishing the guilty, and protecting one’s children, and envy of rich people is also shown as bad at one point, but the bad government uses religious-sounding propaganda messages so the movie seems to have the typical liberal secular position on using religious language in politics; 11 obscenities (including four “f” words), five strong profanities (one GD with others mentioning Jesus and/or Christ), and three light exclamatory profanities; some extreme scary violence and action violence with some blood splatter includes point blank shootings, bad guys try to attack family with hatchets and knives, one or two people shot in head, teenage children in danger, teenage boy tries to murder teenage girl’s father, woman punches another, mean woman in nose very hard to make it bleed, etc.; teenagers kiss passionately, and teenage boy visits girl’s bedroom against father’s wishes; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, home invasion, father wants to give innocent man to evil gang to save his family, dysfunctional family and dysfunctional father but they start to change their ways, and government suspends laws and ambulance/hospital service for 12 hours.
THE PURGE is a futuristic Twilight Zone movie that comments on American society and its penchant and fascination for violence. Wracked by escalating crime and economic problems, the American government sanctions an annual 12-hour period legalizing all criminal activity, including murder. You can’t call police, top government officials can’t be killed and are immune to the Purge, and hospitals are closed. The speculative thriller follows one family to see how far they will go to protect themselves from some vicious intruders. Can they make it through the night? Will they do the right thing?
THE PURGE is a harrowing, but suspenseful, experience. Also, the acting is on point and realistic. However, the movie contains some extreme violence and strong foul language. Also, the movie leans a bit to the left. Thus, being rich and becoming rich is seen as exploitive. Finally, America’s allegedly violent society takes a beating. This liberal content is mitigated by some positive moral content, plus a possible pro-gun ownership message at the end. Still, the bad content warrants an excessive, unacceptable rating for Universal’s THE PURGE.