So far, summer 2013 has rewarded audiences with two very strong original films: Now You See Me was the first, and only a week later comes The Purge. The Purge uses an almost too short 85 minute running time to provide a strong 99% vs. 1% social commentary using elements of the horror genre. By this point we have seen the 99% vs. the 1% trope played out in a number of films such as The Dark Knight Rises and In Time, however The Purge provides a surprisingly refreshing look at the social inequality problem in America.
Director James DeManco does a nice job of blending horror, suspense, action, and science fiction in depicting Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey’s hell bent mission to keep their children safe during a purge gone bad. The result is the most original horror film since 2010’s Insidious. The only way I can imagine someone being disappointed by The Purge is if they went in expecting a true horror film. Instead you get a scarier, more futuristic version of Taken within the context of a very unique premise.