Reel Time: Binge on The Purge


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The Purge is a thriller that explores themes of vigilante justice.

What if you could get rid of every scrumbag in one night? What if you could eliminate all the violence hatred and crime in a 12-hour period?

The Purge is a 2013 horror thriller directed and written by James DeMonaco. In the year 2022, the United States has become “a nation reborn” thanks to the New Founding Fathers of America. Crime and unemployment rates are hitting an all-time low due to the government having instituted an annual 12-hour period called “the Purge” during which all criminal activity becomes legal. The purge is used to cleanse the world of all the violence and crime.

This movie was one of the best thrillers I have seen in a very long time. Every moment has you griping the edge of your seat wanting and waiting for more.

The thing about The Purge that makes this movie so enticing is the great possibility that it could become a reality. Just think if the government actually issued an annual purge to relieve us of all the hatred, crime, and violence in the world. The world may actually be a much better place to live, and we would only have to worry one day of the year. As long as you try to stay on everyone’s good side you wouldn’t have to worry. But this raises some eithical questions like, “Is it the government job to get rid of people it deems bad” or “Is vigilante justice acceptable.”

The Purge topped the box office with $16.8 million on opening day and $34.1 million through the entire weekend. The film has collected $87,043,336 worldwide.

Overall this movie was great it was exactly what I could hope for out of a movie like this. The plot wasn’t stupid like most thrillers you see today. You might be scared to think this may happen but I personally think it would be awesome if it did.