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Review: 'The Purge' takes a half-hearted look at class warfare
The new thriller "The Purge" imagines a compromised but revitalized American future in which a yearly night of government-sanctioned law-breaking — murder even — gives a brutal-minded national soul therapeutic catharsis. Or, more accurately, it conveniently rids the populace of undesirables who can't defend themselves as well as the moneyed classes. But that's an awfully big concept for the dreary exploitation slog that writer-director James DeMonaco serves up, a routine home invasion movie more interested in B-horror tropes and bloodletting than a thought-provoking look at "Hunger Games"-ish class warfare.
By Robert Abele
June 6, 2013