Independent Cinema writes: There was probably a good half an hour before I finally managed to find some enjoyment in The Purge. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, who previously wrote the Assault on Precinct 13 remake and Staten Island (both of which star The Purge‘s Ethan Hawke), this film follows a very simple premise, injects it with a political and social agenda, and then follows every horror trope known to man. The movie is meeting resounding success at the box office right now, perhaps due to the fact that there hasn’t been a big horror release in the last couple of months. Much of the “horror” elements of The Purge end up relying heavily on the premise alone, so when the movie has to reach an acceptable runtime, it makes sense that it turns into an action-thriller. The important thing to take out of the film is that it still manages to present its message in a somewhat reasonable way, despite the many plot holes and poor decisions of characters along the way, and its sudden shift from horror to action.