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R| 1 hr. 25 min.

Plot Summary
In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity -- including murder -- is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid.

Cast: Ethan Hawke , Lena Headey , Adelaide Kane , Max Burkholder , Edwin Hodge , Rhys Wakefield , Tony Oller , Arija Bareikis

Director: James DeMonaco

Genres: Thriller, Horror

Distributor: Universal Pictures

The Purge (2013)

Release Date: June 7th, 2013|1 hr. 25 min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 25 )
  • DeMonaco shows a sure hand at building tension. Too bad the film devolves into a series of home-invasion clichés. The Purge was almost on to something. show more

  • There are flaws, but also some fun surprises. Much closer to Hitchcock than "Hostel," this is what can happen when a pile of trash falls into the hands of a talented and resourceful director (James DeMonaco). show more

  • Makes its point ham-fistedly and then devolves into a blood-spattered slasher movie. It also unashamedly cribs from more disturbing films like "Straw Dogs," "Funny Games" and "A Clockwork Orange." show more

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  • December 14, 2013 tq00000000175613
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    This idea could have been explored in a much more interesting way. I feel really let down by how out of touch the writing seems to be with their world. I can\'t help but think most of the decisions made by the characters would never be made by someone living under those conditions.

  • November 10, 2013 karinkdf82
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    Watched \"The Purge\" over the weekend. It\'s Libertarian Utopia.

  • August 14, 2013 Bob
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    I\'ts a good idea for a movie. However this was the WORST one since the \"Blair Witch Project.\&**************** in a bad way!!!

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