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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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Complete credited cast:
... James Sandin
... Mary Sandin
... Charlie Sandin
... Zoey Sandin
... Bloody Stranger
... Polite Leader
... Henry
... Mrs. Grace Ferrin
... Mr. Cali
... Mr. Halverson
... Mrs. Halverson
... Mr. Ferrin
Peter Gvozdas ... Dr. Peter Buynak
... Freak Interrupting
... 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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Survive the night. See more »

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

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7 June 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vigilandia  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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The film was turned into a scare zone at Halloween Horror Nights 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood. See more »

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After Mary slams Grace's face into the table, the blood on Grace's face changes shape between shots. See more »

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[Charlie talks about a man cutting out his heart for his lover]
Zoey Sandin: Why didn't he just cut off his penis?
Mary Sandin: We are having dinner! No penises!
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End of the End
Written and Performed by Cathy Davey
Courtesy of Benair Churchill LLC and Cathy Davey
Published by Tune of Benair Churchill (PRS)/Benair Churchill (ASCAP)
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Wasted potential
24 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

I saw this movie with basically no expectations, yet I managed to be quite disappointed. With competent actors such as Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady, and a premise that (at least to me) sounded exciting, I don't really know how they managed to ham it up this much.

It's' predictable to the point of being laughable, and the family characters seem cut out of some template on basic movie-making. And the "villains" brings little new to the table, copying the home-invasion-psychopaths of Funny Games, The Strangers etc. (2 examples of it being done right, in my opinion).

I think this movie got a free ride on the hype it garnered online, with a sleek campaign and major buzz on Twitter, proving that all a movie really needs to make it is a brief, smart slogan and peoples imagination and anticipation creates the rest.

Too bad for an interesting idea. Can't help to think that maybe another director could've done something memorable with this.


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