The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist Review 2022 Tv Show Series Cast Crew Online
Purgo and Neiers were part of the “Bling Ring,” a group of teens and young adults that robbed the houses of several celebrities in Calabasas, California in 2008 and 2009. They’re the central figures of The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist, a three-part docuseries that tells their sides of the story, how it seemed like these two bored teens from the celebrity-laden town in the San Fernando Valley managed to be part of a ring that stole millions of dollars of property and cash from the homes of Paris Hilton, Audrina Patridge, Orlando Bloom, Lindsay Lohan and others.
The first episode has Purgo and Neiers talk about their upbringings; Neiers and her sister Gabby moved around with their mother, Andrea Arlington-Dunne, many times after she divorced their father, and Andrea spent a lot of money on devices to keep her looking good for her modeling career. Purgo and his family moved to Calabasas and he felt isolated because he was firmly middle class in a largely wealthy community full of celebrity homes.
When Purgo met Rachel Lee in high school, he claimed that she got the idea to do things like open unlocked luxury cars parked on the street and steal cash and other valuables. That ramped up to stealing a car when the key was inside. It fueled a clubbing, lavish lifestyle. So when they needed more cash, during an era where people like Hilton and others were very open about where they lived and what they did on early social media, they set out to burglarize houses, starting with an old friend of Purgo’s. But then they hit Hilton’s house, which was not hard to find and surprisingly accessible (i.e. unlocked).
Then, Nick and Alexis meet, and Alexis becomes part of the ring, at least for one of the robberies.
There’s something alarming about this series, directed by Miles Blayden-Ryall. It could be that it feels like two people telling the tale of their robbery adventures like they were looking back at a particularly booze-filled frat party or some other indiscretion of youth. It almost feels like Blayden-Ryall is glorifying Purgo and Neiers’ participation in this burglary ring, and watching them talk about it with such glee left a bad taste in our mouths.
Purgo seems particularly unrepentant about the robberies, essentially chalking them up to the celebrity culture of the ’00s and Hilton’s general casualness (i.e. stupidity) about protecting her property. It wasn’t a victimless crime; as much as people may not feel sorry for her, Hilton and the other celebs were victims, and by the time the Bling Ring was caught, the robberies were getting into the six and seven figures.
The first episode treats Purgo and Neiers like they were simply bored millennials who robbed celebrities to fuel their partying habits, and somehow that doesn’t make it OK, but makes it seem not that bad. Yes, they’ve all been convicted and done their time, but it just doesn’t feel like there’s any gravity to the fact that these people broke into homes and stole expensive items that didn’t belong to them.
Where things may improve is if there’s some conflict among the members of the Bling Ring as the stakes rise and law enforcement closes in. It’s telling that Lee and other members of the ring refused to talk to Blayden-Ryall, and it’s also telling how there’s a disclaimer about “conflicting firsthand accounts.” The story about the Bling Ring would be in how they each thought of their role within the group, who they each thought was the ringleader, etc. If it’s just about idiot teenagers robbing celebrities that don’t seem to know how to lock their front doors, then it will be an awfully dull three-part series.