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The Purge (I) (2013)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, 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 »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

7 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vigilandia  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$64,423,650 (USA) (2 August 2013)

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This movie was also turned into an extreme walk-through horror maze/experience in Los Angeles called The Purge: Fear The Night. See more »


In the opening scenes, Mary is seen making dinner with Italian dressing on the counter. Soon after, Mary is seen reaching in the fridge after talking to Charlie and retrieves a bottle of the same Italian dressing. See more »


Polite Leader: There you are... Thank you for accepting my invitation, now tell me why haven't you delivered the filthy swine to me yet?... Are you protecting him? I certainly hope not mr Sandin
James Sandin: No of course not. I just can't find him you see this is a misunderstanding my son let him in, he's a young boy he doesn't know better... but I support what goes on here tonight one hundred percent, I sell security equipment, see I would never deny yours or anyones right to purge you are very...
Freak Interrupting: Just give us the ...
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Spoofed in Tosh.0: Security Officer Jay (2013) See more »


Clair de Lune
Written by Claude Debussy
Arranged by Alfred Reed
Performed by Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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The Purge, great concept....not so great film
1 June 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Humans have a natural instinct as predators to kill, but society forces us to repress these feelings by living in a ''civilized'' way....according to new Ethan Hawke led film The Purge, a very interesting concept of a film, which explores a future society in which all crime is allowed for one night a year...

It's 2022 (not actually that far away), and unemployment in America is 1%, crime is at an all-time low, and generally, everybody seems happy, especially James Sandin (Hawke), a rich citizen who makes his fortune selling security systems for houses to use during the annual Purge. Basically the reason why unemployment and crime is so low is because, for one night a year, a Purge occurs, where all crime (murder, raper robbery, the whole lot) is made legal, and no police or emergency services are allowed to interfere. Mad. But also intriguing. James and his family happily avoid the Purge by using a security system outside their large house while the rest of society kills each other, but all that changes when their youngest son Charlie decides to let a stranger into the house......

This starts off as a really captivating film, the concept of legal crime kept me hooked, but soon enough, it descends into a stereotypical action film where Ethan Hawke fights off gangs from his house with a variety of handguns,and all originality gets lost in a haze of bullets (literally). The short running time (85mins) and variety of twists every 5 minutes makes sure that it doesn't get too boring, so overall a decent watch, but nothing that provokes any thinking afterwards.

6/10- A lesser version of Panic Room

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