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The Purge (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  7 June 2013 (USA)
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In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.

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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. Written by Universal Pictures

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One night a year, all crime is legal. See more »

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Rated R for strong disturbing violence and some language | See all certifications »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$34,058,360 (USA) (7 June 2013)

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$64,423,650 (USA) (2 August 2013)
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The homeless man, Dwayne can be seen wearing dog tags around his neck which suggest he is former military, possibly US Army. See more »

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Polite Leader: [Regretfully, after stabbing James] Shhh. It's OK. Your soul has been cleansed, Mr. Sandin. You've purged. Just one question for you: was his life worth yours? Your family's? Thank you for this unforgettable purge, Mr Sandin.
[kisses his forehead]
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Written by B.C. Hilliam
Performed by Mr. Flotsam and Mr. Jetsam
Courtesy of JSP Records
Published by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Well I liked it…
16 October 2013 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

America—the near future: the annual 'Purge'—a 12-hour period where all crime is legalised—turns into a nightmare for a wealthy family who had hoped to spend the time in the safety of their heavily fortified home.

The Purge has been the victim of a lot of negativity, but I found it to be a well-executed thriller with a satirical edge that deliberately adopts a far-fetched premise in order to take a pop at the USA's culture of violence, its undercurrent of racism and a legal system that favours the rich.

I imagine that much of the hate comes from Americans who simply don't like the messages the film so effectively illustrates—an understandable reaction, perhaps, but sometimes its good to take a long hard look in the mirror, and if you don't like what you see, do something to make a change.

On a more shallow note, the action was suitably hard-hitting, with the snooker room fight being particularly bad-ass, and both Lena Headey and Zoey Sandin are total babes.


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