This Rotten Week: Predicting The Internship And The Purge Reviews

By Doug Norrie 2013-06-02 08:38:27discussion comments
The Purge
When I think about the Purge happening in our Rotten neighborhood, I’m conflicted. On the one hand, it’d be a great chance for me to get out there and take care of some business I’ve been meaning to get to for years. Namely: burning down the house of the guy across the street who doesn’t understand the basic concept of trashcan maintenance and waste disposal. Additionally, the purge would be a good chance to snatch a few of the NASCAR flags proudly waving in the breeze from a few neighbors’ porches. But there’s a steep downside for the riffraff “cleansing” I’d take part in. A few of the folks on my block are wildcards and might not necessarily appreciate my scholarly attitude, feng shui style of home decoration and how I spray their dogs with my hose. The Purge would be an active night for sure.

But all personal ups and downs aside, The Purge outlined in this flick seems to have created a greater societal good, dropping unemployment to 1% and basically eliminating crime (outside of one 12-hour span). An intriguing concept predicated on the idea that humans need to vent their violent tendencies at least once every twelve months while also keeping those same urges under wraps for the rest of the year (the latter seems completely impossible). Ethan Hawke's family appears ready to weather the storm until a dude shows up at their fortified house looking for help. And you know what happens from there. Everyone sits down for a lovely dinner, discusses the geopolitical landscape, listens to some Brahms and tries to fight back the band of bloodthirsty killers outside on the front lawn.

Directed by James Demonaco (Little New York-22%), The Purge puts forth an interesting concept and early reviews have been a mixed bag. Some see it as a nice play on the home invasion thriller, while others think the bigger concepts in the film are sacrificed for the sake of longer action sequences. This will keep reviews near the middle over the long haul, possibly drifting the Tomatometer below the fifty percent mark. While we wait for more reviews to come in, I’ll be outlining how to “remodel” my neighborhood once the government finally gets around to following through with this idea. The Rotten Watch for The Purge is 47%



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