Monday, May 23, 2016

The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

It's funny how much slack I will cut a film that doesn't take itself seriously. I can't stand the way Christopher Nolan's Batman films co-opted ideas like mass surveillance, terrorism, the occupy movement, etc. as a way to appear smart when they aren't actually saying anything at all. Fanboys love to hold these themes up as an example of why The Dark Knight should be considered serious cinema. The Purge: Anarchy, on the other hand, has no delusions about what it is. It's an exploitation thriller, pure and simple. And like the exploitation films of yesteryear, it is taking the "hot topics" of the day and using them as a hook to get butts in seats. It isn't trying to say anything profound about income inequality. It just wants to tell a fun, tense, action-filled story. I'd respect Christopher Nolan a whole lot more if he would just cop to the fact that his Batman films were doing exactly the same thing.

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