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THE PURGE

 
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At Theaters: 6/7/2013 On Video: 10/8/2013
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 25 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600107
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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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.
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Thriller - This is a violent speculative thriller aimed at adult audiences. Fans of Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey should be pleased though this is not exactly an acting showcase. Language, some sensuality, and bloody violence make the film definitely not for children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ethan Hawke SINISTER, BEFORE MIDNIGHT
Lena Headey DREDD, 300
Edwin Hodge RED DAWN
Wri/Dir: James DeMonaco STATEN ISLAND
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Production Notes Heading
Birth of a New America: Imagining THE PURGE
Kill or Be Killed: Casting the Thriller
Nothing Is Impenetrable: Creating Evil Paradise
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 4 F-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief clothed sensuality.
VIOLENCE: Bloody shootings, stabbings, killings.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: Chases and fights.
COMEDY: None.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Below Average So instead of being a creepy B-movie about the necessity of suppressing one's animalistic urges, "The Purge" is just an uninspired movie.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Average 'The Purge' is more of a nutty if bloody lark, with a strange artificiality to the behaviors it portrays. That blunts the sharpness of any cultural critique it might aspire to.

NY Post Full Review
Average With most of the scares coming from poorly executed shock cuts, this makes the film seem far longer than its abbreviated running time.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 102 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
21
Fairly High
81%
13-19Teens (F)
32
Fairly Low
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
12
Fairly Low
67%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
7
Fairly Low
57%
30+Adults (M)
13
Fairly Low
85%
30+Adults (F)
17
Low
65%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 102 moviegoers:
These are very mixed reviews, which is very common for this type of movie. What's not as common is for the lower reviews to be so low and the high reviews to be so few.
Most of the reviews are "average," with a few "above average" reviews. It's clear from these reviews that some of you will love "The Purge," some of you will hate it but most will feel it's an "Average" movie.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? Over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. 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.
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