Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
am 22. Februar 2017
The premise of the feature is that society has overcome the problems of criminality by regularly indulging in so-called "Purge nights", when all crimes are legal for a 12 hour period. Such a concept operates in the best tradition of science fiction and is a natural follow on to the works of Aldous Huxley or Jennifer Stephens.
While the film has the opportunity to explore mankind's existence in such a society, it often skirts around weightier topics and heads towards gratuitous violence, with a prudish disinterest in exploring the other menagerie of crimes beyond murder. Where as the money laundering? Where were the bank heists? Where was the blood doping at a major international sporting event? The collective lack of willingness to explore the concept shows that there is a palpable lack of imagination from the authors and this ultimately says more about them than it does about the core themes of the film.
The ending is unsatisfying and does not follow the direction of the film. Most jarringly, the father figure - who is demonstrably the main protagonist of the feature - is the only character to traverse an arc over the course of the film, and yet dies ten minutes from the end and before this arc can be fully realised (and indeed, by killing him off, one is left asking what was the point?). If any of the family needed to die for dramatic effect and to close the story, it should have been the mother, so as to complete the father's transition from flag-waving purge enthusiast to ardent abolitionist.