Hollywood adapts Max Brooks’ faux-history novel, playing on the fears of global elites as zombies of the world unite in this thrilling, yet politically troubled horror blockbuster.
The influence of producer Christopher Nolan and writer David S. Goyer mean there’s just enough darkness to make Superman interesting – arguably for the first time – director Zack Snyder’s even manages to steer clear of slow motion scenes – however lapses into bad habits from all three mean Man of Steel bears more resemblance to a citizenship test for Superman than an origins tale.
The Purge is the latest in a long list of low-budget 2013 releases from Blumhouse Productions – but unlike the franchises it is best known for (Insidious, Sinister, and the infamous Paranormal Activity series) their latest vehicle makes an intentionally political point. The near-future conjured by writer/director James DeMonaco is an intriguing, albeit flawed metaphor. It is a place of peace and prosperity for 364 days of the year. March 21st is the exception to that rule.