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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, Jesse Jacobs, Aaron Kuban
Studio Universal Pictures
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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After meaning to for the two years since its release, I finally got round to seeing James DeMonaco’s ‘kind-of-dystopian’ horror movie - and was glad I did. Although not as horrifying as I had anticipated, the film certainly succeeds in creating tension and a creeping sense of dread – most noticeably in the scenes where Ethan Hawke’s wealthy suburban family are stalked through their palatial house by a bunch of bloodthirsty ‘purgers’.
At a mere 75 minutes long, the film is pretty lean, and the main performances are spot-on: Hawke’s edgily successful security-system salesman is resented by the neighbours who have parted with their cash to procure his company’s products, whilst his wife (Lena Headey), is clearly sensitive to the envious comments about her new extension, and doesn’t quite seem to fit in to her surroundings. Their daughter Zoey: a sexually precocious 15 year-old, is at odds with her father over her 18 year-old boyfriend, whilst her brother: IT savvy Charlie, becomes the catalyst for the ensuing events that threaten to tear the family apart. Visceral and violent, the movie is also articulate and thought-provoking – but most of all it is extremely unsettling.
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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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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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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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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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