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Purge, The (2013) Movie Information

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Overall Rank:

6811

Avg. Rating:

2.41/4

# of Ratings:

41

Genres:

Sci-Fi, Thriller

Rating:

R

Language:

English

Theater Date:

06/07/2013

DVD Release:

10/08/2013

Director:

James DeMonaco

Actors:

Lena Headey
Ethan Hawke
Max Burkholder
Rhys Wakefield
Adelaide Kane
Tony Oller

 

 

 

 

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In order to combat the overcrowded prison systems, the government begins to implement 12-hour blocks where illegal activity is allowed. The film follows a family during one of these periods as they must protect themselves from a home invasion. -- Chris Kavan

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thenoth 01/19/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1.5/4 

A few people recommended this to me and I thought it sounded really interesting. Now I know I should never listen to those people again. To me it was just a boring waste of time. Now I realize I shouldn't be writing a review because I didn't really pay enough attention to tell you anything about it. Except that it was incredibly boring and that there's nothing captivating about anything in it.

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MikePA 10/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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2/4 

The Purge, while trying desperately to take a different approach, is ultimately just another typical home invasion thriller. Poor storytelling, bad acting, laughable dialogue, and a weird ending. For what it is, the film begins kind of-sort of solid, but gradually gets dumber and dumber as it eventually gives itself over to senseless chaos and a stupid finale. There's some nasty kills for the blood hounds to enjoy, but other than that, save your time for a movie that isn't this mediocre. 2/4

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Daniel 09/08/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Rating of
1.5/4 

In the near future, everyone is a dick. Fear educated young people as they will break into your house and kill your family just because. Also, fear you neighbours, as they too want to kill you for petty reasons. An interesting concept mishandled. Could have been a lot better. Shift the focus off the murderous gangs to Lena Headey, the caring mother who just wants to get through the night, and you could probably tell a better story - but characters are for CHUMPS. Instead, you get a home invasion, no likeable characters, some casual violence, masks and a cartoonish villain. Watch if you like that sort of thing, I guess.

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Lauren 06/29/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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0.5/4 

Disturbing plot. A few jump-scares but wasn't that scary. Obvious plot twists. A movie that had some potential but failed

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  Looneymanthegreat
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06/12/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"Meh" Horror Flick Doesn't Fulfill It's Potential

The Purge suffers from a serious case of ďstupid-it is,Ē and an even worse case of ďnot scary-it is,Ē but at least itís entertaining.

If it wasnít for its ridiculous premise The Purge would be a dull as dirt slasher flick. The movie doesnít know what the heck itís trying to do (for a movie thatís apparently anti-violence, it sexualizes violence quite a lot) but I think that might actually be for the best. The utter ridiculousness of whatís happening, and the way the movie seems to sleepwalk through its potentially clever premise is the only thing that makes this movie stand out.

Go see it if you like horror movies or are interested in the premise, otherwise youíll probably be okay to skip this one. Itís not really bad, but itís not particularly good either.

Admittedly the...

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  lastonetoleave
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06/10/2013 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

The Purge

The Purge (2013) R In the near future, all crime has been eliminated due to The Purge. Itís one night, where, in a twelve-hour period, anybody can commit any crime and get away with it. The Sandin family is set for the night, as their house is literally a fortress. But a stranger begs his way into their home and, suddenly, they are the target of some devious hit-men out to get the stranger. This is a violent film that uses the ďshakey camĒ (where the camera shakes for effect) for much of its action sequences. In this Hunger Games for adults, the people in this film donít really seem real, as their character development is almost paper thin. Ethan Hawke and Lena Headly arenít given anything to work with, and Headly, whom I like as an actress, comes off as a screaming crybaby. I coul...

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2/4 

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  CptSpaulding
CptSpaulding
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This Thriller, (not a horror movie)
I loved it.
And nicely done, excellent plot, excellent actors.
Personally, I found it very realistic, not so much for the "want to help others," but for realism and cynicism of the neighbors.
The hatred envy, accumulated during the year, caused by is protagonist, who do not realize that sometimes silence in silence and better.
Realistic, wonderful,
My vote: 10 +

09/30/2013
7:48 am CT

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  Jacob Zembower
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Nothing like the hunger games. Not preachy at all.

It's a great home invasion thriller with high tension and a few shocks along the way. It's quite intense the whole way through. There aren't any cliches that usually fall into the home invasion genre.

I gave a it 3 but I'm thinking of giving it a 3.5 because it didn't waste its ingenious premise. And I don't doubt that someday something like 'the purge' will be a real reality for us.

Great thriller, grisly, wonderfully acted (especially by the young actors) and once it starts it doesn't stop. I had to pause to catch a breath.

My mom loved it too. We are big horror films. The only thing that bugged me was the kids running off and vanishing throughout the film, but then I realized why. This is a very underrated film and deserved a much higher RT score. Plus it doesn't fall into hopeless nihilism and I appreciate that. (e.g. Kidnapped) and a sequel is already in the works. Which I look forward too. Plus the woman kick ass, and female empowerment is great.

I'm a female feminist at heart despite being a male. But I love when strong female characters are put in films like this.

so 3.6/4 for me.

06/29/2013
8:04 pm CT

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  LeeAnn M.
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It seems comparison has been made about how R.I.PD. seems a lot like Men in Black and Ghostbusters. The trailer for The Purge seems a lot like The Hunger Games. I don't mind that new movies are similar to older ones. I am interested in The Purge, but it will be a rental for me.
04/29/2013
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  Looneymanthegreat
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I saw this trailer before Evil Dead the other day, and I thought it looked interesting.  it looks a little silly and preachy, but at least it looks unique.  any half-decent looking original movie is worth seeing in my book, especially in a world filled with super-heroes and remakes.
04/12/2013
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  Chris Kavan
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The concept seems completely ridiculous but the trailer did a good job of making it look interesting (though, isn't that the job of trailers?). I would say it's a rental for me. As long as Lena Headey goes all Cersei Lannister on someone, it will probably be worth at least that much.
04/06/2013
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