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'The Purge': Morality tale binges on violence and plot lapses ★ 1/2
James DeMonaco's "The Purge" is a bloody-minded, heavy-handed satire of life within these violent United States. It's a horror film with the occasional visceral thrill — the fear of being hunted, the excitement of righteous violence against nameless intruders. But mostly, it's just a clumsy lecture about who we're becoming: haves versus have-nots, with the haves armed to the teeth.
By Roger Moore, McClatchy Newspapers
June 6, 2013