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The Purge 2013

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(244) IMDb 5.6/10
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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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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

3.7 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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Format: DVD
The Purge
"This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the annual Purge. All crime,including murder,will be legal for 12 hours. All emergency services will be suspended. Your government thanks you for your participation." I believe that the idea of an annual purge is an interesting topic, albeit a rash one. It's as fair as it may seem though as weapon use over 'class 4' cannot be used and high ranking government officials cannot be harmed. Other than that, it seems like a perplexing proposition. Would people pour onto the streets, looking to vent their anger? or would the majority stay inside and wait it out?

"This night saved our country"
A montage of genuine violence caught on tape, mixed in with some weak staged scenes introduces the film with minimal substance except the videos score of Clair de Lune by Debussy, a classic. The hideously cheesy voice of a radio host announces how citizens will be 'releasing the beast' tonight as a smug looking Ethan Hawke struts into his giant up-market family home. He greets his wife and divulges in chitchat about his job and how his daughter is too young to be dating an older man. Cue the two of them declaring their love for each other in cringeworthy fashion. But it's not the loved up morose actions of the couple that are the problem as such, its the fact that the daughter, donned in a revealing schoolgirl uniform, looks nearly 30 - all realism out the window, along with the boyfriend. The equally plastic neighbours drop by to pry, boast and bang on about how great they all are, shortly before this years purge commences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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