The Purge – Nostalgia Critic

Don’t you DARE question it! It just works! The Nostalgia Critic reviews 2013’s The Purge with Special Guest Film Brain!

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23 Comments on "The Purge – Nostalgia Critic"

MasterofBalance
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Oh sweet Critic, you have no idea. There’s a girl I’ve recently gotten to know quite well and have rather taken a shine to. She lives in Lawton Oklahoma where apparently some people lack so many IQ points that they believe the purge is a thing and there’s a regular threat from these dumbasses. Also, yeah, it’s not as if we can let out our aggression in socially acceptable means. Fuck martial arts, boxing, violent video games (which actually reduce aggression more than create it), exercise, stress toys. Fuck things like meditation, yoga, and tai chi which allows us to… Read more »
WesleyFoxx
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One of the things I miss about the site switchover is the pages and pages of comments going “Doug, what the hell are you talking about, almost no one took the premise as “this could actually happen””.

Kaiden
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That Breaking Bad skit cracks my shit up every time I see it. XD Critic’s already said everything wrong with this movie that’s worth mentioning, though I think I know why that boy just arbitrarily monitors his vitals without it playing any kind of significant role later in the film. Does anyone remember Panic Room? Jodie Foster’s daughter in that movie is diabetic, and actually has to hide out in that panic room with her mom after having dropped her insulin shot. See, that was something that could have made sense, because we knew there was something wrong with her… Read more »
Cugel the Not-So-Clever
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Cugel the Not-So-Clever
Yeah, this movie idea is about as dumb as you can get. I was working the night shift when it first came out and a drunk customer had a thirty minute long conversation about how this could actually happen. This is in Illinois, in a southern suburb of Chicago. For fun let us list some of the reasons why this movie doesn’t work on the practical level. 1. Everything is legal, but the destruction stays. If you burned down a house for example, the crime of arson would be legal during the 12 hours the purge takes place, but if… Read more »
Alias Conrad
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I think The Purge was made for a specific kind of audience and they found it scary because the purge is a time frame in which they could be the target for random, unimpeded & unpunished cruelty just for being in the wrong place + wrong time and they’ll be blamed for not being adequately prepared & alert But honestly if you’re black and/or queer and/or trans this is also known as “every waking moment”, that’s why some specific people found it so scary and thought this could actually happen, while others saw pass that and know it was dumb… Read more »
BobLogical
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Almost like the people who watch fear what they do to others might happen to them one day.

Boundarybreaker
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It’s a great idea in retrospect, but seeing as Michael Bay directed this there is no WAY it was meant to be something like that. It’s probably just another bland “millennials are stupid and they’re going to ruin everything” message. I wish it was the case that it emphasized how this was everyday life for American minorities right now, but Bay’s too much of a jerk for that.

LucGuy1982
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Just a quick reply to say: awesome job to Matthew Buck in his brilliant cameo. Not enough people comment on it. 🙂

GendoIkari
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Finally saw this movie last night. The review makes one big error… Henry is NOT the name of the bad guy. Henry is the name of the boyfriend; the bad guy is never given a name, and is credited as “polite leader.”

Krendall
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Doug acknowledges the error in the commentary, but also says that the character is just too good to not have a name.

MidnightScreeningsman2014
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MidnightScreeningsman2014

That villian just looks like hes having too much fun.

ProfessorTango
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When I first saw this film, I was instantly reminded of “Assault on Precinct 13.” Not the terrible remake, but the fun John Carpenter film. All powerful mob wanting to kill one man who is being protected inside a building, cut off from help. Then, upon simple research, I saw the makers recently made the before mentioned remake of Assault. They obviously got the idea that this would be a fun plot to explore, but decided to take it away from the frightening reality of the original film.

MelancholyRose
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I feel like Peter Stormare should have played “Henry”. Or Nicolas Cage.
But for some reason all murderers are in their twenties in these crappy movies.

Lucas B.
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Yes. Peter Stormare would be fantastic there. Imagine John Abruzzi in this crazy ass flick.

Hyper.Fangirl44
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My parents love the Purge but I myself wasn’t too much of a fan of it.

Late Nakagawa Ryou
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I liked this movie better when it was a George Carlin routine. [Brain Droppings, p. 173]

Therminator890
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THERE IS COMING A THIRD ONE??? GOD D*MMIT!

sheamcc2
Guest

the purge was made for the that like deep movies but don’t want to think

Yakko16
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Breaking up Pinky And The Brain was a bad idea. Naaaaaaaaarrrrrrfff…….

TheVerySeriousLewis
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You know what would have been better as a film and more interesting an idea, would be a movie about these “New Founding Fathers.” I mean they seem to have replaced the government and are more supporting of psychopathic behavior then anything. Like I could totally see a story about how America has entered this 1984 sort of state where nobody can leave and the more crazy or productive you are the higher up you are. The idea of a “successful” purge makes it sound like they want anybody not willing to kill or by psychopathic to be killed. Maybe… Read more »
nblaw95
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Honestly, I think the core concept behind this movie (although I’ve never seen it) COULD work, if done correctly. I think there could be a very good film about a night where all crime is legal, but there really has to be more context established than this film seems to do. If you just throw us into the idea with no explanation, we find that for a lot of people, it’s too incongruous with reality to simply accept the premise. By the way, it’s not exactly unprecedented for a society to accept something entirely ludicrous and amoral. The holocaust happened,… Read more »
draqonelle
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Yeah they did this. In fact they did this several times. There is a great episode about this on the Original Star Trek, where a small crew is trapped on a purge planet, and the mystery is slowly uncovered. It has action beats but the core of the story is tightly focussed on the philosophical implications, not a bunch of idiots running around the back yard. And we see survivors of Purge crimes, we have no idea what is going on. We wonder about how the world became this terrible. And we even see the results of taking this away,… Read more »
DeadCobra
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-Its very funny
-The purge are dumb movies
-Why do they think Pinky and the Brain are gay?
-What if someone would b low up the Police Station, Fire Department and a Hospital?
-Henry is fun
-It is really good what you made with Pinky and The Brain even if its a lie

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