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
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By patrick on 26 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
I though the premise of 'The Purge' sounded very interesting, and just the kind of movie I would enjoy. After reading several average to poor reviews on various websites, I almost discounted it, and I must say . . . I'm very pleased I didn't.

Firstly, I must mention my surprise at the presence of Ethan Hawke! I had no idea at all that he was in it, and as soon as I saw his narrow, bird-like face enter the frame, I knew I made the right decision purchasing this movie.

Ethan's performance was (as expected) very good. Not outstanding or Oscar-worthy, but thorough and engaging non the less. Hawke is far from my favorite actor, probably not even in my top 10. . . however, I have never seen a film with him in it that I haven't enjoyed. From 'Alive' to 'Training Day' to last year's 'Sinister', there is always something likable of his characters and comforting about his presence.

As stated earlier, the premise is what drew me to this film. The idea was unique and very well executed. All of the actors did a great job at helping to convey a sense of chaos and despair. Lena Heady was great as the mother of the family who's home is invaded by sinister mask wearing murderers. Rhys Wakefield also deserves a special mention as the menacing psychopath who leads the assault on the innocent suburban family.

I can't be arsed to describe the plot in too much detail, that's what wikipedia is for. What I will say is that this film deserves to be seen by those who can appreciate it for what it is; a short, sharp burst of disturbing entertainment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman TOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
America...in the not too distant future 'Crime' is allowed during
a 12 hour window.....once a year...'The Purge'
'James Sandin' has locked down his home, it is as secure as it can
be, however his son 'Charlie' seeing a man in distress and wounded
reverses the lock-down to allow the stranger refuge.
Trouble is, the group wanting to finish the job they had started want
the family to give up the man they believe the family inside has
given refuge too.
'James Sandin' needing to protect his family initially seems willing
to give the man up to the group outside, however he's not been able
to find the man, when he does the stranger has a gun and has no
intention of being sent outside to face the mob.
Those outside will not wait all night.
A frequently tense affair with several sequences of graphic violence.
A Truly Evil concept indeed,
(good picture and sound quality on this format)
For those that enjoy the extra features.....there is 'Surviving the
Night' and 'The making of the Purge' on board..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BMovieFan on 24 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
The Purge is set in the near future. An economic collapse in the US has lead to a radical government. They have created a public holiday where all crime is legal with the premise that violence is a natural human instinct that can be purged once a year.

Its a solid but formulaic thriller, not a horror movie. The whole movie is set around one middle class family house which is under siege from a gang on purge night. Despite the low budget ($3m) the movie looks good due to the limited locations and the pacing is good. It was a big hit at the US box office.

You need to suspend disbelief at the basic premise to enjoy the movie and it seems many critics and viewers had trouble doing this. This is a proper science fiction movie, in that it reflects concerns over today's society with its rampant gun crime and inequality. The social commentary is a bit heavy handed but then most modern Hollywood films don't even have any social commentary.

Definitely a B movie but an entertaining one, the Purge deserves bonus points for originality, something badly needed in Hollywood.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nyx on 15 Oct 2014
Format: DVD
So imagine that for one night of the year all emergancy services were stopped and the law didn't exist, that is exactly what happens in The Purge. Every year for 12 hours people descend into the streets to let out all the pent up anger and hate they've built up over the year on each other, homeless and anyone else who gets in the way. It culls the population and keeps crime down and as long as you can afford state of the art home security your fine, that is until one of your children has a crisis of conscience and lets a fleeing victim in and turns a mob of killers on you.
That is primarily what The Purge is about, essentially its a cat and mouse style movie about one families survival throughout a night with no help and no allies. I have to admit I was quite disappointed with The Purge since it was produced by the guy who did Sinister and Insidious, both of which I absolutely love this definetly didn't have the same 'je ne sais quoi' that the others had. Having said that it wasn't a bad movie but I wouldn't recommend buying it, this is definetly more of a rental movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Gray on 2 Feb 2014
Format: DVD
Originally I was highly skeptical about this film. I hate the classic jumpy horrors but I cannot describe how much I enjoyed this film!

For 12 hours, 1 day a year all crime is legal. As a result crime and unemployment are near none existent over the rest of the year.

I cannot recommend it more! Not only does it make good viewing but it leaves you thinking afterwards!!
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