The Purge 2013

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From the producer of Paranormal Activity and starring Ethan Hawke, comes an inventive thriller that dares you to survive the most dangerous night in America when all crime is legal.

Starring:
Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Runtime:
1 hour 25 minutes

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The Purge

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Crime
Director James DeMonaco
Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Supporting actors Rhys Wakefield, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
The Purge is set in the near-future (2022) in the U.S. - all crime is legal for one night a year in a release deemed necessary by the New Founding Fathers to vent all the pent-up rage and anger that we as humans amass. The Purge is working, unemployment is at 1% and there is barely a crime recorded outside of the Purge night. The Sandins are a successful family in plush suburbia, although it is clear they are the envy of the neighbourhood - head-of-household James (Ethan Hawke - Training Day) makes his money selling the high-end security systems to rich folk looking to protect their homes on the night of the Purge. However, this Purge, his security will be tested to the absolute...

Spoilers probably follow; so stop reading here if you don't want to know. Firstly, this is such a great concept, they could have gone for a much larger macro-picture of the society that the Purge creates; the rich having humility for fear of invoking their neighbour's envy, bosses being nicer to employees and people being all-around fairer to each other for fear of the great karmic correction that can come about from one night without laws. This was what got me to see this film, this premise in itself is fascinating. I would love to see a film about the larger and longer-term consequences of the basis of the Purge. Alas - such cerebral societal exploration was not to be in this production.

Instead, we have a poorly-explained narrative involving a homeless man getting into the Sandin's house and the kids actively undermining the Father and Mother to further the plot.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Jun 2013
Format: DVD
The Purge is an evening where there are no laws and people run amok killing each other, sort of like Detroit on Halloween on steroids. The theme is stated in the beginning during a radio call in program, "The poor can't protect themselves, they are the victims." Indeed that was part of the theme. The film concentrates on one family of some wealth. They lock themselves in their home with steel windows and doors. Unfortunately the outside world has a way of making its way indoors as the film becomes a home break-in movie with a theme, and study in individual character mirroring us as a society. Lena Headey plays "the mom." She represents compassion, the "It is not about who they are, it is about who we are." The film has some dark comedic moments, sudden plot twists, and things that go bump in the night.

Worth a view for those who like a film with tense scenes.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, no sex or nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 Mar 2014
Format: DVD
You know, I can't bring myself to write a full and expansive review for this film. With mainstream horror it actually doesn't matter what you put down in type on internet forums, your rating is all that matters and will be equally reviled or lauded as being right or wrong!

Of course there's a hint of sarcasm in what I write, not that I'm trying to provoke a response either way, it's just that with something like The Purge, it's guaranteed to be divisive.

As it happens I enjoyed the film but found it utterly frustrating, a waste of a smoking hot premise that resorts to home invasion clichés as dumb characters do dumb things.

The lead villain shows great promise but is sadly under used, and the snarky asides at work in the narrative (you know, preoccupation with violence, America is a bad gun loving place etc) get lost in the formulaic broth.

Still, action is fun, the violence imposing, and cast perform adequately in lieu of the material. But horror lovers should approach with caution... 6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dee on 14 Mar 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Thought this would be very scary but was just a bit creepy m disappointing , OK to watch once but would rather have rented then brought it !!
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm not gonna say that I didn't like it but overall I just found it to be too average, bland and uninteresting although there was one thing which made this "film" entertaining enough to keep watching till the end and that was.. Zoey, the daughter of the Sandins because let me say that is one heck of a hot daughter they have and her in that school uniform it just made everything even better, I know that she's supposedly underaged like 15/16 though honestly if it weren't for her this "film" would be getting absolutely atrocious scores.

I do have to admit that it had potential but the people involved just didn't know what the hell to do with it and what turned up was none other than another home invasion film for the billionth time, as if there weren't enough already.

One last thing, I disliked how they wanted to murder the man simply due to the fact he was homeless rather than.. If he were a criminal then he'd deserve to be punished, but it wasn't the case. Not only that but Mary (the wife) stabbed him to slow him down but in the end they ended up protecting, so it was all in vain really. None of this would've really happened if their son hadn't opened the door (heck, he shouldn't even know the code).
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