Film review: The Purge

posted at 9:31 am on June 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

This review contains spoilers.

It’s the year 2022, and America has returned to economic strength and domestic peace.  Unemployment is at 1%. Poverty has nearly been eliminated.  Crime is almost unheard of, except on one day of the year which the New Founders have established so that everyone can vent their latent hatred and bigotry without consequence … except on select government officials, of course.  The rest of America can “purify their souls” through 12 hours of mayhem, murder, and anarchy known as The Purge.  It’s big business for James Sandin and his family, but this year, the purge hits very close to home … literally.

In the hands of a more talented director and screenwriter, The Purge might have made for interesting social satire.  In the hands of James DeMonaco, who both directed and wrote the film, it’s about as subtle as a jackhammer welded to the grill of a Mack Truck speeding at the viewers at 95 miles an hour. Phineas and Ferb (an excellent children’s cartoon, if you haven’t seen it) has more subtlety and wit than The Purge. From the hoary and dully predictable slasher-film action, to the scenery chewing from the main villains, and finally to the Sarah Palin-esque masks that some of the purgers inexplicably don for their antics, it’s as derivative and intelligence-insulting as it is didactic and wholly uninteresting.

Basically, this is a film in which the rich slaughter the poor in order to end unemployment and poverty, and hope that the poor don’t slaughter them first.  You don’t get to discover that through clever dialogue and plot lines; DeMonaco makes sure you hear it in the opening minutes from a talk-radio show.  As the Sandins prepare to lock themselves down in their huge McMansion, Stepford Neighbor (Areija Bareikis) shows up to act out a passive-aggressive skit with Mary Sandin (Lena Headley) so that you know she’ll be back to settle a score.  Mary’s husband James (Ethan Hawke) makes too much money for their friends, which Stepford Neighbor makes strangely clear to her supposed friend Mary on the eve of the Purge.  Mary seems a bit too dense to figure this out.

The fun really starts when the purge begins. James locks down the house but doesn’t realize that his daughter Zoey’s (Adelaide Kane) boyfriend has stowed away with murder on his mind.  Henry (Tony Oller) doesn’t last long anyway, and the story line exists only so that DeMonaco can offer viewers a couple of long, creeping shots up Adelaide Kane’s legs all the way to her Japanese-schoolgirl miniskirt in makeout scenes. Sandin’s son Charlie lets in a homeless Purge victim (Edwin Hodge) crying for help, which displeases a whole gang of wealthy and deranged Purgers, led by Rhys Wakefield, apparently voted Most Likely To Go Psycho at his prep school.  Wakefield chats with James on occasion, offering bon mots like “Send out the homeless filth, hee hee!”, just in case you haven’t gotten the point.

On top of all this subtlety, everyone says, “Blessed be the New Founders! Blessed be the new America!” just in case you haven’t figured out that it’s Christianity that tells people to cleanse their souls by murdering the poor.  Funny, I’ve studied the Bible and theology for quite a while now, and have seen many faith-based organizations proving food, shelter, clothing, and health care to the poor. I guess James DeMonaco saw Contact once and figured he knew what religion was really all about.  The better-living-through-sacrificing-inconvenient-human-life model bears a lot more resemblance to pro-abortion apologias, but it would take a brave and innovative Hollywood filmmaker to make that argument, and DeMonaco is neither.

Even all of this might be tolerable — well, not tolerable, but salvageable — if the action was fresh.  Instead, your average 10-year-old will be sophisticated enough to see the telegraphed punches coming.  Purgers do everything but monologue when they have kill shots at the ready, providing enough time for someone else to shoot them.  Wakefield actually does monologue before taking his kill shot; the only thing missing is the Snidely Whiplash nyah-ah-ah! And guess who ends up saving the Sandins from the neighbors who only kill off the other Purgers because they want the Sandin scalps for themselves?  If you don’t have that figured out as soon as Charlie lets in the homeless man, well, I hope you enjoyed making The Purge the first movie you ever saw.

Frankly, it’s one of the most ridiculous and ignorant films I’ve seen in a very long time.  I’d have to put this up there (or more appropriately, down there) with the remake of The Andromeda StrainAnd yet, even with that, I still have the sneaking suspicion that it might be better than Internship, which also opened this weekend.

On the 5-point Hot Air scale, I give this a solid 1:

  • 5 – Full price ticket
  • 4 – Matinee only
  • 3 – Wait for Blu-Ray/DVD/PPV rental or purchase
  • 2 – Watch it when it hits Netflix/cable
  • 1 – Avoid at all costs

It’s not even fun enough to watch for giggles over how bad it is. In fact, I’d suggest that anyone who watched this nonsense will spend several days attempting to purge themselves of the memory.

The Purge is rated R for graphic violence, including a brief torture scene, plenty of blood, and some bad language.  It’s not for children …. or anyone else with a brain.

Addendum: There is one unintended irony about this, of course.  The setup for The Purge is that it ostensibly allows for a more peaceful America by providing a catharsis for violence, but really just enriches the already-privileged.  Of course, Hollywood likes to claim that violent films like The Purge allow for the same kind of catharsis rather than encourage violence, while the DeMonacos of that community get wealthy from it.  Maybe someone in Hollywood should make a film about that.

Update: Via Instapundit, John Hawkins of Right Wing News had a better time at the film:

I agree that as a cautionary tale about gun ownership, it fails as badly as it does in every other area … but that’s as far as I’ll agree with John in this case.

Also, I can’t believe that I didn’t think about the similarity between this film and the Star Trek episode “Return of the Archons,” but some of our commenters are quicker to that punch than I was.


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Ed watches these crappy movies so we don’t have to. Have we found the Ed Wood of the 21st century? Thanks for the warning, Ed.

simkeith on June 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Yikes. It looks like something interminably trapped in that ‘uncanny valley.’

locomotivebreath1901 on June 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

I’d have to put this up there (or more appropriately, down there) with the remake of The Andromeda Strain.

Oh man, Ed. I know you don’t like the film (I haven’t seen it myself), but was it really necessary to be that vicious and cruel?

Stoic Patriot on June 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Our world is just getting sicker each day.

avagreen on June 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Yikes. That picture is scary.

bluegill on June 9, 2013 at 9:43 AM

I quit participating in movies a decade ago when they all outed themselves in the industry as political activists, as well as incorporating their socialist memes in their movies.

Never again will I buy, rent or otherwise pay to see ANY movie again. The industry is dead.

TX-96 on June 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

This movie sounds like V for Vendetta, which is the worst, most hideous film I ever had the displeasure of viewing in a theater.

bluegill on June 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Ed watches these crappy movies so we don’t have to….

simkeith on June 9, 2013 at 9:37 AM

…it’s like cmsinaz watching Morning Joe and the Sunday BS shows for the rest of us!

KOOLAID2 on June 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Looks like Logan’s Run and The Hunger Games had a baby. An ugly baby.

tommytom02 on June 9, 2013 at 9:49 AM

It sounds like a fairly low-IQ cross between the Star Trek OS episode “Return of the Archons” (“Festival! FESTIVAL!!”), and Shirley Jackson’s story “The Lottery”.

With some traditional (for Hollywood) Christian-bashing thrown in for good measure (i.e., cocktail-circuit street cred for the writer/director).

Thanks for the warning, Ed. Now I can avoid this one, even when it shows up in the Bargain DVD bin at my local KMart.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

This movie sounds like a rehash of The Festival from the Star Trek episode Return of the Archons, where once a year people of the planet were allowed to go crazy and commit all manner of crime and indecencies against women.

Hollywood is out of ideas, and incorporates politics in hope making an old idea seem fresh.

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

I’d have to put this up there (or more appropriately, down there) with the remake of The Andromeda Strain.

Oh man, Ed. I know you don’t like the film (I haven’t seen it myself), but was it really necessary to be that vicious and cruel?

Stoic Patriot on June 9, 2013 at 9:41 AM

To which one? I’ve seen the AS remake, and it does indeed suck. Although the way they portrayed the rapidly-deteriorating situation outside of Wildfire was much better than any previous similar film, e.g Outbreak.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 9:57 AM

eon on June 9, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Please get out of my head… :-)

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

I’ll stick to my cornball faves on TCM. At least they are patriotic.

tru2tx on June 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Did we just do a Vulcan mind meld? ;-)

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 9:58 AM

this movie cost 3 million to make and is projected to do 37 million this weekend.

that’s great economics for a studio. there will be plenty more of these.

Never underestimate the dumbness of young males.

I know i used to be a young male.

gerrym51 on June 9, 2013 at 10:03 AM

This is just a rehash of Star Trek – Original Series – Return of the Archons – Episode 21.

Hollywood has no fresh ideas – just old ideas recast with no soul. Even in the new Star Trek movie – Khan is recast from a passionate, champion of his people to a cold, boring automaton.

ArthurMachado on June 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

The premise for this movie is so utterly idiotic I can’t even stand to watch the previews. The only way it would work would be satire, but the previews make it pretty clear it is not satire.

NotCoach on June 9, 2013 at 10:08 AM

ArthurMachado on June 9, 2013 at 10:06 AM

If the W/D of this turkey sees this thread, he’s probably going to end up wishing there weren’t so many OTs (Original Trekkies) around.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 10:09 AM

So much for original & interesting stories.

And yes, there will be The Purge 2.

22044 on June 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

so 2 minutes of hate are extended…got it

Sounds pretty lame

A Clockwork Orange…That was a scary movie.

workingclass artist on June 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

So much for original & interesting stories.

And yes, there will be The Purge 2.

22044 on June 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Going by Ed’s review, that’s a sad thought.

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

If you mouf-breathin’ gun-fondlin’ sister-lovers weren’t so INTOLERANT and BIGOTED and STOOPIT, it wouldn’t be so easy to make fun of you.

Now I’m off “Crafting” with my Life Partner in our Prius, after a nice Chardonnay and Brunch…..

JFKY on June 9, 2013 at 10:17 AM

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Considering the number of Saw and Hostel sequels, it’s pretty obvious that not only is Tinseltown out of any ideas other than what they can “pitch” to a studio head and get greenlighted, but also that there’s still a lot of people looking for “entertainment” who would have felt right at home in the cheap seats at the Roman Coliseum- “Lions 12, Christians 0″.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The movie may make a profit due to it’s low budget, but — as with the release of Robert Redford’s love letter to domestic terrorism two months ago — the timing here is awful if the message the filmmakers are trying to send is something about conservative class warfare against the masses via the government.

Celebrating the Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dorn stand-ins kind of lost whatever post-9/11 moral justification Redford thought it had gained back when the bombs blew up in Boston. In the case of “The Purge” trying to dredge up some sort of Palin-Bush-Cheney fears of evil right-wing big government (or pushing that idea in any publicity tour interviews) is almost comical in the wake of the IRS, AP/Fox and Verizon/NSA scandals that have hit Team Obama in the past few weeks. If anything, the low-info young audiences the movie’s targeted towards might inadvertently put the message of the movie together with the actions of the current administration, which is definitely not what the folks making “The Purge” intended.

jon1979 on June 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Everyone before me who talked about Return of the Archons‘s Festival.

Man, I happy I am not the only one who caught that.

BigGator5 on June 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

May I suggest,that on that particular day,
arm up,and come to Canada,for some peace
and quiet!!

canopfor on June 9, 2013 at 10:22 AM

eon on June 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

The Saw and Hostel series are the two most disgusting Hollywood ever produced. The violence is mindless and has no mystery or suspense at all, it’s brutal for its own sake.

Give me a good ghost story instead.

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

Also, I can’t believe that I didn’t think about the similarity between this film and the Star Trek episode “Return of the Archons,” but some of our commenters are quicker to that punch than I was.

I think it sounds like the setup of A Time to Kill.

Sockpuppet Politic on June 9, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Ya know,this looks like a Occupy Wall Street Fantasy,
and a Blue on Red Utopian Dream!!

canopfor on June 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I try to avoid the movie theaters during the summer. Suckiest movies ever!!!

terryannonline on June 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

One less film to add to the ever diminishing list of films to see (current tally is zero).

nobar on June 9, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Liberals of the Corn?

Rational Thought on June 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

I try to avoid the movie theaters during the summer. Suckiest movies ever!!!

terryannonline on June 9, 2013 at 10:27 AM

I avoid movie theaters all the time, I have one in my home. Complete with popcorn machine and stadium seating. I think it’s safe to say that The Purge will never be seen in it.

Oldnuke on June 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Now if it were a movie about the Purge of the Corrupt in DC, that would be an interesting movie.

Robert Jensen on June 9, 2013 at 10:39 AM

Give me a good ghost story instead.

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 10:24 AM

A-men. I’ve never seen any of the Saw movies, and I’ve seen the first Hostel exactly once. Lucky for me, I used to do postmortems, so I didn’t lose my lunch.

By comparison, Robert Wise’s 1961 version of The Haunting, based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, still scares the H**l out of me, without actually ever showing anything. The remake I found a bit of a disappointment; more explicit, and less interesting for that reason.

The scariest movie I’ve ever seen? No contest; John Hough’s 1973 The Legend Of Hell House, based on Richard Matheson’s novel Hell House, with the screenplay by Matheson himself. Great performances, especially by Roddy McDowall (I believe his best, ever, period, and to this day I think he should have gotten an Oscar for it), and the single most sh!t-thinning, scary story ever put on screen.

Calling the Belasco manse “the Mount Everest of haunted houses” is kind of like calling a B61 “dial-a-yield” H-bomb a “tactical” weapon. It would have eaten the “Ghostbusters” for breakfast, guaranteed.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Liberals of the Corn?

Rational Thought on June 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Ok, now that’s funny but please give a little warning. I could have had a mouth full of coffee when refreshed the screen.

Oldnuke on June 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

eon on June 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

I’m a fan of both those movies you mentioned. The door breathing inward in the Haunting was awesome! When I was a five I had a babysitter who told me of the scene, and the sound of a horse galloping in the hallways.

Another good ghost story is The Uninvited from 1944 with Dana Andrews. You do see the ghost, and it’s the best rendition of one ever. She’s more like a vapor, the shape of a head with a wispy partial body that sways side to side. It’s a good scary visual.

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Liberals of the Corn?

Rational Thought on June 9, 2013 at 10:31 AM

Ooh yes. Quite. But it will be the end result. After this shlock is scooped up from the floors of K-marts when tossed out of the half/half price bin, and viewed by the next generation of dumbed/dumbered down Barrack Alinsky’s little willing assassins.
There really is no country for old men.

onomo on June 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

‘Walked Out’ on the trailer.

TimBuk3 on June 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I have The Uninvited on VHS. That effect just about sent me through the ceiling when I first saw it (on late-night TV) at age seven.

And they didn’t need CGI to do it. Just skill, talent (they’re complementary, not the same thing) and caring about what they were doing.

Things Hollywood doesn’t seem to care about any more.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

The whole movie looked disgusting and depraved from the one preview I saw. Why bother making yourself suffer through filth just to say it’s not worth seeing?

Othniel on June 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

It’s the year 2022, and America has returned to economic strength and domestic peace. Unemployment is at 1%. Poverty has nearly been eliminated.

Science Fiction.

fogw on June 9, 2013 at 10:53 AM

I have no plans to see this film. Ever.

I’d come across a much more clever Elizabethan version of this tale back in the late 1960s or early 1970s. A very well done graphic pen and ink story from Warren Comics original, old ‘Eerie’ line of tales.

The tale was titled “The Jackassing”. The plot, incredibly similar
and at one tenth the cost.

Jack Deth on June 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Jack Deth on June 9, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Eerie Magazine and others like it had some great stories!

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Well, gotta run, guys. Lunch awaits.

Catch ya later.

cheers

eon

eon on June 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Cue the Liberal weenie anti – Gun/NRA Sandy Hook violence outrage in 3…….2……….- errrr whoops – that’s liberal commie Hollywood guns and violence there. …. So they’ll have to be OK with that……. Besides, the white guy in that trailer looks rich, so………..

Priorities.

FlaMurph on June 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

eon on June 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Bon apetite!

Liam on June 9, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Basically, this is a film in which the rich slaughter the poor in order to end unemployment and poverty,

So, this is a more violent version of a progressive eugenics program.

RadClown on June 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Sounds like just another forgettable slasher movie.

And sounds like just another forgettable director who wants to make his B-movie “more socially relevant, man, by, like, making a comment on, you know, society!”

JimLennon on June 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

So, this is a more violent version of a progressive eugenics program.

RadClown on June 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Really late term abortions.

Oldnuke on June 9, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Never again will I buy, rent or otherwise pay to see ANY movie again. The industry is dead.

TX-96 on June 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Nah we ALL just need to make content with a conservative perspective. Everyone asks “What can I do to change things?” That’s your answer.

Maybe we can prevail up someone here at HA to do regular posts on conservative arts and media!

Thanks for scoping out this turkey, Ed!

dogsoldier on June 9, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Judging by the previews, it seemed to be a pro-fascism movie.

If the government isn’t there to monitor your every move, people will just start murdering each other.

lorien1973 on June 9, 2013 at 11:48 AM

Never again will I buy, rent or otherwise pay to see ANY movie again. The industry is dead.

TX-96 on June 9, 2013 at 9:46 AM

Lots of movies have a conservative message to them. And they are usually the best ones.

Incredibles, Wall-E, Batman, Hunger Games .. and I suspect the upcoming Superman – all have a right wing message. Just to name a few.

Liberal themed movies usually are the ones with a good thought behind them, then ruined in execution. Because, well liberalism, is just that.

lorien1973 on June 9, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Hey Ed,

I expect you to go and see “MAN OF STEEL” next weekend.I am going for sure.

gerrym51 on June 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Damn, I was hoping the film would be a stab at big government. How dumb I was to think that. As for the plot, I immediately thought of the Star Trek episode. Just watched it recently too on remastered blu ray. Now THAT is an attack on big government! Check it out if u havent, Landru is basically Obama and the progessives merged into one.

Jack_Burton on June 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Hey Jack Deth, love the name! The Trancers movies are awesome.

Jack_Burton on June 9, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Didn’t see it. won’t, mrs. Socalcon drags me only to chick Flicks or Focker sequels.

With all the violence, expected Jim Carrey to star-but that’d blow the $3M budget, but quick.

socalcon on June 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

The concept is so stupid I can’t imagine anyone willing to go see it play out.

SouthernGent on June 9, 2013 at 12:31 PM

the Festival of Landrew/Return of the Archons was the first thing I thought of when i read this.

Less than no intention of paying good money to see it for reasons Ed makes pretty obvious.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYTkSFRmKzM

Sacramento on June 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Hey Jack Deth, love the name! The Trancers movies are awesome.

Well, Hi, there, Jack Burton!

How are things in Little China?
Any “Big Trouble” brewing?

Been a Tim Thomerson fan for decades. The ‘Trancers’ flicks show superior “Bang for the buck!” in spending and using a small to medium budget frugally and well!

Remember: “Dry hair’s for squids.”

Jack Deth on June 9, 2013 at 12:37 PM

******************* HELLS/BELLS **********************!!!???

Low-budget horror film ‘The Purge’ wins box office with $34.6 million – @USATODAY
Story metadata:

Submitted 2 mins ago from http://www.usatoday.com by editor
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Low-budget ‘The Purge’ pulls off box-office shocker

Scott Bowles,
USA TODAY 12:16 p.m.
EDT June 9, 2013
*****************

Low-budget, critically-ravaged movie handily wins the box office, surprising analysts and the competition.
(more….)
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http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/06/09/purge-box-office-internship/2405305/

canopfor on June 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

it’s about as subtle as a jackhammer welded to the grill of a Mack Truck speeding at the viewers at 95 miles an hour.

this is so typical of Hollywood these days. as they started making more and more garbage movies that people wouldn’t watch they assumed it was because we don’t get it. that we aren’t smart enough to understand what is really good so movies have been dumbed down to where they think they have to tell us everything that is happening. its why so many comedies go straight to scatological humor.

chasdal on June 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

canopfor on June 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM

The movie theater from Idiocracy comes to mind.

MelonCollie on June 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

canopfor on June 9, 2013 at 12:40 PM
The movie theater from Idiocracy comes to mind.

MelonCollie on June 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

MelonCollie:I agree,and like SouthernGent stated as well,
I too,wouldn’t watch it!:)

canopfor on June 9, 2013 at 1:13 PM

For many years I would give this writing assignment to my junior high classes. Write a description of what would occur in this school if for one day the only rule was that you could not leace the building between 8:30 and 2:45. No other rules, laws, regulations, applied.The kids would start off thinking about how cool it would be and the fun and revenge they could have, but as they thought deeper many would realize they would not be in the power groups that would inevitably come together. Very few essays in the years I assigned this looked on no rules as a good situation, even for a day. Of course then we’d read Lord of the Flies.

xkaydet65 on June 9, 2013 at 1:19 PM

from the director of the purge, James Demonaco

“I layered in these New Founding Fathers, this regime that we voted into power at some point, some kind of NRA-thing that took over the country,” he said. “But I kind of left that to the audience. I think sometimes in my writing I try to spoon feed too much, it’s better to let the audience make their own decisions on things.”

He also said the film’s ultraviolent “purge” was based on what he saw happening in the country now.

“When I was on my last movie, I was living in France for six months. I started noticing that the news was so very different than watching the news in America, it was just strange. And I lived in Canada right before that and it was completely different as well. Their news was just about us, because they had nothing to report,” he told the website. “So when we watch the news here, I joke to my wife ‘It’s like The Purge every night.’ I don’t know what the **** is going on out there, but it’s like the ******* Purge!

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2013/06/07/critics-purge-attack-on-tea-party-nra/#ixzz2VjyXRzqA

yeah won’t be giving any of my hard earned money for this crap garbage

sadsushi on June 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Well, Hi, there, Jack Burton!

How are things in Little China?
Any “Big Trouble” brewing?

Been a Tim Thomerson fan for decades. The ‘Trancers’ flicks show superior “Bang for the buck!” in spending and using a small to medium budget frugally and well!

Remember: “Dry hair’s for squids.”

How about Jack Burton and Jack Deth teaming up for an adventure?? Epic!! Here’s hoping the Trancers series gets a Blu-ray release sometime soon. I would love to retire my fuzzy full screen DVD set.

I gotta leave it on one of my favorite quotes from Trancers 2:

“Damnit McNulty, next time someone hands you an exploding ham, I’m gonna pass the mustard!”

Jack_Burton on June 9, 2013 at 1:33 PM

Ed,

The billboards told me everything you told me.

Please don’t take a bullet you can avoid on our behalf.

This is right up there with a movie about pedestrians as real targets in a future where cars have knives.

Cheers.

unclesmrgol on June 9, 2013 at 1:42 PM

The premise is too stupid.

John the Libertarian on June 9, 2013 at 1:43 PM

it’s funny, for some reason the previews don’t present it as hysterical totalitarian snuggling.

joeindc44 on June 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Excluding Action movies, ANY movie trailer that looks extremely interesting, is more likely than not to be…well, bollocks….i find this especially true for horror movies as well.

The Purge could have been really good; the premise while not original was at least something Gen Y could relate to…but they did a full 1080 while jumping the shark with a top hat and sparklers shooting out of their azzes.

I may see the movie (yay, Netflix!) when its released later in November (movies that bad tend to hit the PPV circuit REALLY fast) but it’ll be for the cringe-worth of watching Hollywood go through their the same that Detroit did back in the 70′s…putting out crap and calling it roses.

Side note: do NOT be surprised if it’s put up for a nomination as “Best [fill in the award]“…

Yes, Hollywood IS that craven.

BlaxPac on June 9, 2013 at 2:45 PM

So, this film COULD be classified as a hate film.

It the subjects were some ethnic group and their belief system, it would be labeled as such.

Ethan Hawke…..another person will not get a red cent from me, nor anyone connected to this film.

avagreen on June 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Well, Ed’s review is pretty much spot-on. Not to mention, the whole “bunch of people secure themselves in a home/building while the ‘bad guys’ try to get in” has been done ad nauseum. Hollywood is in desperate need of quality, original writers, stories, and scripts…with 300+ million people in the US, and 6 billion people in the world, there has to be at least a few dozen worthy folks.

JetBoy on June 9, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Sorry you wasted your time and money, Ed. However, thank you for saving mine.

Maybe next week there will be something better.

kim roy on June 9, 2013 at 4:23 PM

“Festival! Festival!”

“The Red Hour approaches . . .”

“Blessed be the Body.”

Sorry, isn’t this just a remake of an old Star Trek episode?

“Landru knows all, sees all.”

Captain Kirock on June 9, 2013 at 4:34 PM

yet haven’t we essentially seen this scenario play out when there has been some inner city civil disorder

to a lesser degree, this movie could have been called NOLA after Katrina

tuttle from tacoma on June 9, 2013 at 4:49 PM

The better-living-through-sacrificing-inconvenient-human-life model bears a lot more resemblance to pro-abortion apologias, but it would take a brave and innovative Hollywood filmmaker to make that argument, and DeMonaco is neither.

Very true.

ITguy on June 9, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Ethan Hawke was plugging it onTV and started up with the pseudo intellectual ‘it’s an allegory’ rubbish. When he name checked Trayvon Martin he convinced me never to bother.

jangle12 on June 9, 2013 at 7:54 PM

This movie sounds like V for Vendetta, which is the worst, most hideous film I ever had the displeasure of viewing in a theater.

bluegill on June 9, 2013 at 9:47 AM

I agree. I finally watched it on DVD because a liberal friend raved about it. All I saw was an elitist wacko in a mask mentally drool over blowing up people as a domestic terrorist, while railing at a twisted parody of Christianity.

It was sick, twisted and evil… which explains why libs loved it.

dominigan on June 9, 2013 at 10:08 PM

I’ll save my money for Man of Steel, thankyouohsoverymuch.

ZK on June 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

And when Kirk disables the master computer, the throng starts flailing blindly and crying out “Obama, lead us!”

Axeman on June 10, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Actually, Ed, Internship was a fun, mindless piece of entertainment that doesn’t require many brain cells to enjoy. Just my kind of summer movie fare. I’m usually not a big fan of Owen Wilson/Vince Vaughn movies because of the stupidity factor, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I’d probably even give it a 4 by your rating scale.

FSCgirl on June 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM