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The Purge (2013)

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A wealthy family are held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal.

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James DeMonaco

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James DeMonaco
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ethan Hawke ... James Sandin
Lena Headey ... Mary Sandin
Max Burkholder ... Charlie Sandin
Adelaide Kane ... Zoey Sandin
Edwin Hodge ... Bloody Stranger
Rhys Wakefield ... Polite Leader
Tony Oller ... Henry
Arija Bareikis ... Mrs. Grace Ferrin
Tom Yi ... Mr. Cali
Chris Mulkey ... Mr. Halverson
Tisha French ... Mrs. Halverson
Dana Bunch Dana Bunch ... Mr. Ferrin
Peter Gvozdas Peter Gvozdas ... Dr. Peter Buynak
John Weselcouch ... Freak Interrupting
Alicia Vela-Bailey ... Female Freak
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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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Horror | Thriller

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

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USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 June 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vigilandia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$34,058,360, 9 June 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$64,473,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,328,627
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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The actresses Lena Headey and Adelaide Kane (Mary & Zoey Sandin, respectively) both play queens on separate shows. Headey as Queen Cersei in Game of Thrones (2011) and Kane as Mary Queen of Scots in Reign (2013). See more »

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When the security barriers are lowered, it is suggested they are solid inch-thick steel. There is not enough clearance from the tops of the windows and the awning for solid plate steel or track rails. See more »

Quotes

Mary Sandin: [siren to signal the end of the Purge] Now get the hell out of my house.
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Referenced in Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Last Ride (2017) See more »

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Great Idea, Poorly Executed.
12 January 2018 | by Sebadonut101See all my reviews

The Purge! An annual event in which criminal acts, including murder, are permitted by the government thus allowing all good American citizens to 'cleanse' themselves of their negativity and hatred without fear of consequence. What a great premise for a film!

Sadly, the potentially thrilling idea is poorly executed across the 1 hour and 25 minutes of this first in a series of films. Its main downfall is its predictability. I won't go as far to call them 'twists' because the plot is painfully straightforward but you will certainly see the two big plot points coming before they occur in the later part of the movie. The casting and acting varies from adequate to weak, but then the characters themselves are overly generic and uncomplicated.

I guess the real draw of The Purge was supposed to be its violent scenes, but even then it does nothing new, exciting or shocking. I can't help feel that in the hands of another Director/Writer the concept could have been something very thrilling indeed but since there are a couple of sequels, maybe the next in the series might deliver? Maybe a future instalment will take a deeper look at the moral implications of the annual event? Or, more likely, they will just be repeats of the same idea in varying locations. I shall see.

The Purge then; great idea but ultimately forgettable. Not badly filmed, mildly entertaining in places but overall a bit of a missed opportunity. 5/10


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