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Old 09-06-2013, 21:37
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Could they make a franchise out of this...
Going way over predictions, The Purge has opened to an excellent $36m (estimated) in the US.

Made on a budget of just $3m, I'd say a franchise is highly likely.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:31
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4 out of 10

I thought it was poor. Apart from the ridiculousness of the premise, I didn't have any empathy for the characters because they spent the first 15 minutes of the film smiling smugly and self-importantly congratulating themselves on being middle-class and rich enough to protect themselves. It was so off-putting that I actually *wanted* them to be purged.

The whole audience laughed at
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, but I don't think it was even intended to be funny.

There was also no explanation for
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Old 10-06-2013, 17:21
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Saw this yesterday and I thought it was alright, not the best but not the worst. There were a couple of moments when the entire cinema burst into laughter:

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I saw it on saturday and the audience laughed at exaclty the same bits you mentioned.

I thought the laughter was a little strange because I didn't find either bit funny. And I wasn't sure those bits were supposed to be funny.

It made me surprised at how jaded mainstream movie goers must be now.
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Old 10-06-2013, 20:45
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Going way over predictions, The Purge has opened to an excellent $36m (estimated) in the US.

Made on a budget of just $3m, I'd say a franchise is highly likely.
Bingo!


Forgot the Americans got this, this weekend..... but I bet it still only just broke even.
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Old 10-06-2013, 21:54
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With the premise of the film, a franchise is more than possible. You'd just have the same premise but used in different scenarios for different films.

You could have a bank heist that's carried out on 'purge night' i suppose. Or a rescue operation of some description.

It wouldn't always have to be a "horror" film i suppose.
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Old 11-06-2013, 15:46
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I saw this yesterday with some friends was not that good it a ok movie I wouldn't see it again.
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Old 11-06-2013, 17:49
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The Purge reminded me of a lot of films that had came previous to it.

When I first heard the plot, I was reminded of Assault on Precinct 13.

Then Straw Dogs. Then Panic Room.

The idea of one night of excessive violence also reminds me of Devil’s Night in The Crow.

The authorities allowing / encouraging people to kill each other is also reminiscent of dystopian future movies such as The Running Man, Battle Royale, and Series Seven.

The main attacker with an outward veneer of civility reminded me of Funny Games.


And the doll the boy used in The Purge reminded me of the mutilated dolls in Toy Story and Small Soldiers.

And the fact the doll had half a face and one red eye reminded me of The Terminator.
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Old 11-06-2013, 17:51
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I loved this film. Not surprised it was cheap though.
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Old 11-06-2013, 17:59
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My favourite scene in The Purge only lasted a few seconds. And that was the scene in which the Emergency Broadcast System was broadcast: ‘For the next 12 hours all crime is legal. Including murder. Government officials are exempt from The Purge’. The hairs on the back of my neck (almost) stood up.
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Old 12-06-2013, 01:14
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The film was diabolical.
I felt like leaving early into the film but I stayed.

Marks 1/10
I felt the same way. Utter crap.
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Old 12-06-2013, 13:25
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Can't believe this film is number 1 at US box office says it all really about the US audience lol.
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Old 12-06-2013, 16:38
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You know what annoys me about The Purge?

They come up with this brilliant idea. An idea that is really dark and sinister. Then they set it in this middle class home.

Why is it mainstream Hollywood movies always do that. They come up with a dark, sinister premise, then view it from the nice, safe perspective of a middle class family.

When I first heard about The Purge I only heard about the concept behind it. (The idea of crime being legal for one night) I didn’t know it was going to be about a family being terrorised in their home.

And so I assumed it was going to show all the murder, rape, revenge, fires and carnage which would result form such a night.

After coming up with this brilliant premise, why oh why choose to ruin the opportunity it offered by setting it in one house among a bunch of spoiled middle class people.

Given the premise of The Purge, it’s natural setting was an inner city. I would have liked it to be set among more ‘working class’ people and to be darker, more violent and more daring.


Given everything all the poor people would be going through that night, I was quite resentful of the fact they chose to set it among John and Jane Picketfence.
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Old 12-06-2013, 19:50
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You know what annoys me about The Purge?

They come up with this brilliant idea. An idea that is really dark and sinister. Then they set it in this middle class home.

Why is it mainstream Hollywood movies always do that. They come up with a dark, sinister premise, then view it from the nice, safe perspective of a middle class family.

When I first heard about The Purge I only heard about the concept behind it. (The idea of crime being legal for one night) I didn’t know it was going to be about a family being terrorised in their home.

And so I assumed it was going to show all the murder, rape, revenge, fires and carnage which would result form such a night.

After coming up with this brilliant premise, why oh why choose to ruin the opportunity it offered by setting it in one house among a bunch of spoiled middle class people.

Given the premise of The Purge, it’s natural setting was an inner city. I would have liked it to be set among more ‘working class’ people and to be darker, more violent and more daring.


Given everything all the poor people would be going through that night, I was quite resentful of the fact they chose to set it among John and Jane Picketfence.
I think you make some excellent points.

I thought the concept was brilliant, if a bit far fetched, but things like that don't bother me, as that is what films are for.

Your point about the middle class perspective is spot on.

If would have been far better set in a more deprived area, because they could have realised the full potential of their idea.

Saying all that, I still enjoyed it though, even if it was a little predictable at times.
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Old 12-06-2013, 20:49
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You know what annoys me about The Purge?

They come up with this brilliant idea. An idea that is really dark and sinister. Then they set it in this middle class home.

Why is it mainstream Hollywood movies always do that. They come up with a dark, sinister premise, then view it from the nice, safe perspective of a middle class family.

When I first heard about The Purge I only heard about the concept behind it. (The idea of crime being legal for one night) I didn’t know it was going to be about a family being terrorised in their home.

And so I assumed it was going to show all the murder, rape, revenge, fires and carnage which would result form such a night.

After coming up with this brilliant premise, why oh why choose to ruin the opportunity it offered by setting it in one house among a bunch of spoiled middle class people.

Given the premise of The Purge, it’s natural setting was an inner city. I would have liked it to be set among more ‘working class’ people and to be darker, more violent and more daring.


Given everything all the poor people would be going through that night, I was quite resentful of the fact they chose to set it among John and Jane Picketfence.

This! I think it might have been better written from a British perspective. We do grit better.
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Old 13-06-2013, 18:46
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I think you make some excellent points.

I thought the concept was brilliant, if a bit far fetched, but things like that don't bother me, as that is what films are for.

Your point about the middle class perspective is spot on.

If would have been far better set in a more deprived area, because they could have realised the full potential of their idea.

Saying all that, I still enjoyed it though, even if it was a little predictable at times.
This! I think it might have been better written from a British perspective. We do grit better.
Thanks.

It's always nice when someone agrees.
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Old 18-06-2013, 18:01
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Saw this tonight, quite suprised to see the screening almost full (considering what its up against). Well worth a watch, it was like Assault of Precinct 13 meets The Strangers, quite a short movie aswell so the action & tension never lets up. 7.5/10
Why, what was it up against?


(Although I did see The Purge I haven't kept up with the latest movies being released lately)
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Old 18-06-2013, 18:15
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Interesting concept, but the movie killed itself off in the first 10 minutes by making the audience dislike the characters we're supposed to with.

Make the film again, but from the perspective of a family who are poor or even homeless, and likely to be targeted in the Purge, and make them likable. You instantly have a much better movie.

Been told at work (I work in cinema) that they are already working on the Purge 2 so it looks like this will become a franchise.
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Old 20-06-2013, 17:46
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Think I will go and see it. I do love a bit of Ethan Hawke!
Ethan Hawke played a character that Michael Douglas always plays...the dead-inside business man.
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Old 21-06-2013, 12:13
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Lena Headey often stars in horror movies that aren't very good in practice, 300 and Dredd being other cases in point. I have only watched them, The Purge included, because Lena starred in them.
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Old 21-06-2013, 14:07
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Why, what was it up against?

(Although I did see The Purge I haven't kept up with the latest movies being released lately)
We're going through an epic summer blockbuster season - usually one, sometimes two big movies every weekend. This weekend is World War Z & Despicable Me 2

The Purge was actually released on an off-week, but Star Trek, Iron Man, The Great Gatsby and Hangover III were all still on release at the time.
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Old 21-06-2013, 14:23
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We're going through an epic summer blockbuster season - usually one, sometimes two big movies every weekend. This weekend is World War Z & Despicable Me 2

The Purge was actually released on an off-week, but Star Trek, Iron Man, The Great Gatsby and Hangover III were all still on release at the time.
Ah well, see, I wouldn't go and see any of them. I'm a horror guy.
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Old 22-06-2013, 18:04
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Lena Headey often stars in horror movies that aren't very good in practice, 300 and Dredd being other cases in point.
300, and Dredd are not horror films.
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Old 30-06-2013, 15:45
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300, and Dredd are not horror films.
Neither are they "not very good" - Dredd is a great adaptation, and 300 does what it's meant to do (not every film has to be Citizen Kane). Perhaps Multimedia81 you should watch films with concepts you like rather than just one actress! You might enjoy things more then. What were your thoughts on The Sarah Connor Chronicles?
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Old 02-07-2013, 15:30
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What a waste of a good concept this film turned out to be. Almost everything that happens can occur and be explained without the purge angle since it all happens at/in a house. Some people are after someone who's in a building with another group of people. They either hand him over to be killed or they'll be killed along with him. Wasn't that the plot for Assault on Precinct 13? When making this Ethan Hawke must have been saying, "How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" Overall It wasn't bad but I wanted to see what was happening across the city.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:50
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What a waste of a good concept this film turned out to be. Almost everything that happens can occur and be explained without the purge angle since it all happens at/in a house. Some people are after someone who's in a building with another group of people. They either hand him over to be killed or they'll be killed along with him. Wasn't that the plot for Assault on Precinct 13? When making this Ethan Hawke must have been saying, "How can the same shit happen to the same guy twice?" Overall It wasn't bad but I wanted to see what was happening across the city.




Agree 100%.

This film could have been perfect if only they'd looked at the wider picture.
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