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)

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darren on 27 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 Mr Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is the father of a family tested by this lawless night...

My opinion: I think the near-future idea really works. The Purge does entertain very well for the most part. There's a decent amount of suspense, and some well-crafted violent scenes. I really enjoyed it, especially for what Ethan's solid acting brings to the film. Rhys Wakefield is superbly menacing as "The Polite Stranger" too.

4.5 stars.

There are no Extras/Special Features.

Certificate 15.

82 minutes.
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47 of 55 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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 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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By LINGO on 26 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
While this film didn't go down the path I thought it would, what we have is a dark tale of a future that couldn't possibly happen. Human nature would dictate against the abstination of crime except for one night a year, so the premise of the story is brilliant in that respect. But then for the most part this film then skips off down the thriller route with just hints of psychological unease, captivated for the most part by Rhys Wakefield as the leader of the posh gang outside. What is frightening about the story is that even though the purge is a night where all crime is legal, people commit crimes not only because they have some dispute to settle or they feel they've been aggrieved by somebody, but just because they can and get away with it. I felt too that there was a slight nod to a Clockwork Orange particularly the "Ulta Violence" that smashes its way across the screen and I felt that the Dad played by Ethan Hawke found himself in familiar role of protecting his family at all costs. However a disturbing film that is a definite watch.
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