The Purge is a high-concept blunt instrument of a thriller, a movie that offers a straightforward set-up and few subsequent surprises. It does exactly what you expect and doesn't really go anywhere you don't assume it will.
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When word had it that veteran director John Carpenter was returning to feature films with the release of his latest, The Ward, I jumped at the chance to talk with him.
Often missed by those seeking a good scare, Carpenter's films are infused with a strong anti-authoritarian, laconic bent.
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