Five Reasons to Purge The Purge From Your Moviegoing Plans

by Ethan Alter June 7, 2013 12:06 pm
Five Reasons to Purge <i>The Purge</i> From Your Moviegoing Plans

James DeMonaco's near-future horror feature The Purge has the kind of highly unlikely, yet highly compelling high-concept premise that makes you sit up and say, "Okay... tell me more." Here's the sit-rep: a decade from now, American society has been completely transformed by the "new Founding Fathers" who rose to power out of the ashes of a conflict-torn, economically troubled nation and devised a radical new plan for ridding the streets of violent crime. One night a year, the citizenry is granted 12 glorious hours to let their inner bad guy run wild. Every potentially criminal act -- including robbery, rape and murder -- is 100 percent legal and carried out with the complete absence of law enforcement and emergency services. It may sound crazy, but according to The Purge, this act of purging one's pent-up anger (not to mention the weaker members of society who are the victims of this one-night crimewave) works. The U.S of A is once again a prosperous and stable country, a place where you can feel good about living, working and raising a family... provided they aren't all slaughtered in the annual purge, of course.

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