The Purge Review

Wade Williams

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The Purge is a 2013 thriller starring Ethan Hawke. Set in the United States in the near future, America is at 1% unemployment and the economy is thriving. An event put in place called “The Purge” has made for a pegged “better” life for Americans. In this annual purge event, citizens can release their inner anger by causing violence such as burglary, battery, and even murder, legally. The premise is bold and intently unique, but does the film live up to it?

The Purge may sound daring and interesting, but it just doesn’t click on all cylinders, almost all of the time. It’s one of those movies that reels you in but never rewards you or makes you appreciate it, even if it genuinely tries. In the hands of a better writer or production team, this could have been a much better film. Ethan Hawke is one of the bright…

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