• The Purge (2013)

The Purge

Release Date: June 7th, 2013

DVD Release Date: October 8th, 2013

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

Production Co: Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse, Why Not Productions

Distributors: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Temptation , Dark , Wife , Intense ,

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Neil YoungThe Hollywood Reporter

    What should be a clammy exercise in claustrophobic, queasy tension becomes, in the hands of writer/director James DeMonaco, an underpowered compendium of over-familiar scare tactics and sledgehammer-subtle social satire. show more

  • 68

    There’s gold in the premise of “The Purge” and its dismissal of subtlety. But like the residents of its world, when given the opportunity, it drops restraint and goes for blood. show more

  • 60
    Ian BuckwalterNPR

    The Purge is mostly a genre picture trying to layer on some prestige by way of social commentary. The latter falls flat; the film is actually stronger when it just goes for our baser instincts. show more

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