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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44 of 51 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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Format: DVD
This was one of those movies I just had to watch after seeing the trailer. The Purge has garnered very mixed reactions. Some love it, some hate it while others are situated somewhere in the middle. I belong to this last group.

The movie takes place in a distant America and at the centre is the Sandin family, comprised of James Sandin (Ethan Hawke), Mary (Lena Headey) and their privileged brood, Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and Charlie (Max Burkholder); all living in an America that's now governed by the “New Founding Fathers” who have created a law that allows crime to be legal for a twelve-hour period once a year, with a few exceptions. “And why the hell would any government allow this madness?” you may ask. Well, the idea is to contain most of the violence in society to a short time period and allow for a nation-wide catharsis that releases a lot of destructive emotions and all the dark and repressed animalistic urges deep inside people. However, the movie does point towards suspicions that the real agenda behind this so-called Purge is related to population control and gradually eliminating the poorer members of society.

On Purge night, the Sandin family lock down their protective mansion and that would have been that if it weren’t for their greasy-haired son whose act of compassion and decency towards a homeless man (Edwin Hodge) sets the stage for the nightmare that the Sandin family endure for the remainder of the movie. One thing is certain: things will never be the same again for this family.

The movie starts off strong and promising but then quickly descends into another home-invasion, cat-and-mouse thriller. The acting definitely isn’t Oscar-worthy, but watchable. Ethan Hawke didn’t disappoint, as expected.
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10 of 12 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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If one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing, consequences what would you do?

What sounds like a silly idea for a film, is really quite stylish. The likeable Ethan Hawke plays the father of a family under siege. They take pity on a man seeking sanctuary from the 12 hour purge. Before long his pursuers arrive, and threaten the family into handing him over. Should they refuse, or hand him over?

In conclusion, for me, the near-future atmosphere really works. The purge does entertain for the most part. There's violence and plenty of action all the way. I would say if you expect a lot from this film though, you may be slightly disappointed. It's more or less "Precinct 13" - in a different setting. One to watch though, if only for what Ethan brings to it. 4.0 stars.

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