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3.8 out of 5 stars
3.8 out of 5 stars
The Purge [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
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on 13 March 2014
The Purge is a great film about a near future america where for one night a year all emergency services are shutdown and all crime is legal, the story is actually quite good and it's has its moments to make you jump.
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VINE VOICEon 16 June 2015
As others have said, what a twisted, dark plot premise, a society that lets anyone commit a crime for a few hours with no repercussions.

Also the film has some social commentary on rich vs poor giving the film makers unlimited potential to explore these themes.

As it happens it essentially boils down to a home invasion thriller that has been done many times before, but that initial premise is still lurking and does give the viewers much to think about.

Still a great cast, some neat twists and some fairly brutal scenes make for a watchable thriller, even if the characters are not all entirely likeable.
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on 7 January 2016
This film is okay but only works if you suspend all logic!.
The premise of the film is that for one night of the year you are allowed to go out and kill, maim, rape anyone you wish and that when the 24 hours is over you all return to your daily chores?.
Seriously, this is where the script fell apart for me. If someone say, killed your nearest and dearest, there is no way in hell that you are going to leave it for a full year before exacting your revenge on the little darlings. You'd be out the next day hunting them down.
So I found it strange that whom ever wrote this, didn't really grasp human nature.
It was okay.
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on 17 August 2014
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. And the movie’s mask-wearing psychos are some of the most weirdest and demented characters I’ve seen in a while, especially their (probably self-appointed) leader, played by Rhys Wakefield. I honestly couldn’t ascertain whether he looked creepier with or without his mask. There’s something about a rich-looking, suit-wearing, entitled psychopath with a devious smile on his face that just doesn’t sit comfortably with me.

The Purge is clearly packed with political messages as much as it’s dotted with major plot holes and weak character development. And I think most people will focus on the weaker points of the movie than its strengths, which there aren’t many. The movie starts off by showing footage from different areas of the country of Americans committing horrific acts of violence against other Americans. It is also revealed at the beginning that there are extremely low levels of crime and unemployment in America; we can assume this is because of the Purge. But at what cost? And how much are we in the real world willing to sacrifice just to live in a “better” society? Perhaps this is the main question that the movie, or its writer and director James DeMonaco, is asking the audience.
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on 28 February 2014
i reccomend this film as interesting idea.where for 12 hours there is no law.you allowed to do what want. shows human nature.survival of fittest.intresting well acted film
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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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on 12 March 2015
I believe that this movie & it's sequel 'The Purge: Anarchy' is an interesting & original concept where,the U.S government has legalised ( for one night of the year only ) all unlawful acts imaginable.These include murder,rape,robbery e.t.c,e.t.c.By doing this,crime in the U.S is almost zero.
Awesome movie.Looking forward to a movie in the franchise that tells the story of the U.S government itself indulging in the purge &,how about the president of the United States & First Lady?? They surely need to purge!!
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on 3 September 2014
An interesting and scary concept that surely promotes taking part in democratic voting.

This sets the platform for a standard home based horror with masks, which is never as successful at instilling fear as the premise itself.

This is mainly due to the main characters being difficult to identify with having not had much development and having an unattainable lifestyle for most of us, so I always felt as if I was watching it play out before me rather than getting involved emotionally.
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on 11 December 2015
Nice find of a film.
The concept of a world in which one day of the year you can 'Purge/Kill' anyone you like with consequences, brings to the attention interesting social questions. What would you do in this situation?

The acting and production of the film are half decent and you do buy into the characters. While I would have liked to have seen a slightly different ending I think for a scary/horror/thriller film this is a hidden gem.
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on 14 September 2014
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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