The Purge (2013) Movie Review

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The Purge (2013)

2013 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
85 minutes / 1h 25min

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The Purge Plot Synopsis:

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.

The Purge (2013) Review

The Purge (2013) trailer was well done and I really could not wait to see this movie and my expectations were high. The trailer made it seem like it was my type of movie and yes I was disappointed after seeing this movie. The Purge contains violence, gore, suspense and bad language. The ad campaign was tremendously well done to get everyones attention about the movie. The trailer helped the movie to make a lot of money in the box office but after the word got out, it did not do so good. I enjoyed movies that have plot holes but this movie had way too many of them leaving me thinking most of the time, what, why did that happen and so many other questions.

The Purge is about the United States legalizing everything everyone does including murder for a set 12 hour period because they believe and know that it eliminates a lot of problems the government is facing in 2022. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke - Cymbeline, Predestination, Getaway) is a married successful salesman that sells security systems for homes. He is married to Mary (Lena Headey - 300: Rise of an Empire, Low Down, The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box) and they would do anything to protect their two kids. James has an immaculate iron security system that is nearly impossible to get through/in. James son, Charlie (Max Burkholder) disarmed the system and lets an intruder that is wanted by several people into their home and then is where all the madness starts.

I noticed that this movie was not consistent in a lot of its scenes. I will just put three out there so you will know what I am referring to. At the beginning scenes of the movie, Mary was making dinner and had the Italian dressing on the countertop and while talking to Charlie, she then reached in the fridge and took out the same Italian dressing. James had a clean shave at the beginning of the purge, a shaped goatee moustache/beard at the middle and a clean shave again at the end of the purge, the purge is only for 12 hours long - so how did that all happen, hmmm. A scary masked murderer shoots several at his targets in the game room but misses and hits the floor - I did not see any bullet holes or marks on the floor that was shot.

  • The Purge Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.70
  • IMDB: 5.7
  • MetaCritic: 4.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 3.8

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About The Purge 2013

Title: The Purge
Year: 2013
Runtime: 85 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.35/5 stars from 175,883 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 175,883
MPAA Rating: R
The Purge Cast Starring: Ethan Hawke, Karen Strassman, Lena Headey, Edwin Hodge, Chris Mulkey, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Nathan Clarkson, Rhys Wakefield, Aaron Kuban, Adelaide Kane, Tyler Osterkamp, Rj Wolfe, Tom Yi, Tisha French, John Weselcouch, Boima Blake, Max Burkholder, Chester Lockhart, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Jesse Jacobs, Dana Bunch, Peter Gvozdas, David Basila
The Purge Writers: NA
The Purge Director: James DeMonaco
Box Office: $64,400,000
Production: Universal Pictures
Language: English
Country: USA, France