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The Purge -- Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.
The Purge -- Clip: James tells Mary and Charlie they are going to fight
The Purge -- Clip: A Stranger Threatens To Enter The Sandins Home
The Purge -- Clip: Charlie asks his parents why they dont participate in The Purge


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Writer (WGA):
James DeMonaco (written by)
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Release Date:
7 June 2013 (USA) See more »
Reminder all emergency services will be suspended for a 12-hour period during the purge. See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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Rated R for strong disturbing violence and some language
85 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The film was turned into a scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights 2013.See more »
Errors in geography: At the beginning of the film, where the highlights of the Purge are shown, some of the scenes in "USA" cities are clearly set in British cities as characterized by the UK road marking system and the single- and double-yellow "no waiting" lines at the sides of the road.See more »
Newscaster:Decriminalised Murder. An outlet for American Rage.See more »
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31 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Well I liked it…, 16 October 2013
Author: BA_Harrison from Hampshire, England

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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