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The Purge (2013)

The Purge

Overview


Genre

Thriller

Release Date

June 07, 2013

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

85 min.

Studio

Universal Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  Be the 1st!

Cast and Crew


Director

James DeMonaco

Producer

Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller, Sebastien Lemercier

Screenwriter

James DeMonaco

Starring

Story


If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In "The Purge", a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.

In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking.

When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

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Ethan Hawke in Universal Pictures' The Purge (2013)
A scene from Universal Pictures' The Purge (2013)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“.."The Purge'' does deliver the gory genre goods in the highly predictable home stretch, and even returns to satire at the end..”
by Lou Lumenick [New York Post]
“..The Purge is not a movie you want to assign a strict degree of logic to..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
“.."The Purge" isn't exactly an evening's elevating entertainment, but it effectively creeps under the skin..”
by Manohla Dargis [New York Times]