You're not supposed to want 'The Purge' in real life

May 19, 2014|Matt Pais, @mattpais | RedEye movie critic

In my review of "The Purge," the unexpected 2013 hit about a world in which murder is legal for one night each year, I noted how disturbing it was to hear audience members ignoring the movie's attempt to examine human nature--instead just cheering and clapping when characters were killed. Sadly, I suspect that those people will be very happy with the following piece of news.

To promote "The Purge: Anarchy" (out July 18), an "interactive escape experience" dubbed "The Purge: Breakout" will tour the country this summer, allowing viewers to continue to miss the not-very-well-explored point and instead say, "I'd love to try that myself!" More specifically: From June 27-29 at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, you and anyone else you want to freak out will be trapped in a maniac's house right before The Purge begins. If you can solve difficult clues and puzzles, you will escape captivity and the killer. If you don't, well, I assume nothing will really happen, but you check it out and let me know.

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