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The Purge 2013

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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Genres Thriller, Crime
Director James DeMonaco
Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Supporting actors Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Tom Yi, Chris Mulkey, Tisha French, Dana Bunch, Peter Gvozdas, John Weselcouch, Alicia Vela-Bailey, David Basila, Boima Blake, Nathan Clarkson, Aaron Kuban, Chester Lockhart
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 April 2014
Format: DVD
In the not too distant future, the American government allow a sanctioned edict, where once a year for 12 hours, crime is legalized so people can vent their built up emotions & urges. Which over the years has resulted in an all time low on crime. Now, on the eve of The Purge in the year 2022, the Sandin family are unknowingly going to come face to face with The Purge as it lands on their doorstep.

The Purge is a very low budget movie ($3 million) , and they are obviously restricted in terms of resources. They managed to achieve a very sinister feeling around the build up of meeting the characters, as given the premise, you can read dark thoughts into innocent remarks. The Sandin family living in a secure home with steel shutters over the doors/windows when the purge klaxon sounds, sadly means they have to come up with a massively contrived way to create the meat & veg of the film. Where the naive youngest of the family allows a desperate homeless man into the home, with little concern for his own family. Who just so happens to be being chased by some Harvard toff's out for a purging. Still, they manage to achieve quite an exciting home invasion thriller when it comes to the siege tension, mixed moral dilemma & the inevitable claustrophobic cat & mouse hunt around the home, with some gun shoot outs & axe/machete wielding mayhem.

The acting is pretty decent with a mixture of experience. Ethan Hawke (Training Day) & Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) lead the way with strong performances as the concerned parents protecting their children.
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By PF Cope TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
I have to agree with other reviewers that The Purge could have been so much better. As it stands it is a reasonable film that walks between a survivalist and a hacker type genre. The main concept of the film seems almost glossed over which is a shame as it is quite novel and a little expansion would have made the film much more interesting. This and some plot holes affects the rating, dropping down to a three instead of a solid four stars. One final comment is that the film is extremely violent, more so than would be normally expected for a 15.
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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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Good idea, not so well developed.
I mean, it certainly puts you in a nightmarish world, a society not so far from current American one.
And the mean, realistic, cynic violence that pervades everyone is definitely unsettling.
But it's the plot and the picture of the family that does not stand on its feet to justify the unfolding of the story: basically, why should anyone take such a violent world so lightly in order to let bad guys come in and, at that, keep shouting and crying throughout the film?
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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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