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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.
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.
Roger EbertFull 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 WeeklyFull 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 PostFull 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.
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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.
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.