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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, Rhys Wakefield
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Crime
Director James DeMonaco
Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Rhys Wakefield, Max Burkholder
Supporting actors Adelaide Kane
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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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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Great movie. It is tense and psychotic at times but still holds the plot well. The actors are very good and nothing about this film is of bad quality. The moment I finished watching this i instantly ordered the second one. Great tense horror film that makes you glad you don't live in the world of the purge.
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By J. Morris TOP 1000 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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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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This film is so ridiculous it is almost a comedy. I sort of understand what they were trying to achieve in making this film- a home invasion thriller in the vein of "The Strangers" or the french film, "Them". Unfortunately, they failed miserably. The plot has more holes than a cheese grater, the script is cliched and the characters extremely one dimensional. My main issue with this film is that the audience has to suspend such a HUGE burden of disbelief that the film loses any credibility it may have had at the beginning. Now, dont get me wrong, a little suspension of disbelief is necessary for most films and audiences are more than willing to do this for the sake of a great plot. However, this film stretches the burden of disbelief so far that it actually makes it impossible for the audience to become emotionally involved. The film actually destroys itself on this basis and in my opinion, is its own downfall.

Briefly, the plot centres around the idea that the USA in 2022 is a nation "reborn" by the "founding fathers". Unemployment is at its lowest at 1%, crime is at an all time low and society is functioning at its healthiest in years. All this is allegedly due to an annual 12 hour period called "the purge" during which all criminal activity (including murder, rape and theft) becomes legal. Furthermore, ALL emergency services are suspended during this time. The only *rules* during the purge are that government officials "ranking 10 or higher" must remain unharmed and use of weaponry above "class 4" is forbidden- therefore, no bombing or terrorist activity is allowed. The point of the purge is to act as a catharsis for the American people so they can purge all of their repressed rage and negative emotions so that for the rest of the year order is restored.
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