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Half social allegory, half home-invasion thriller, The Purge attempts to make an intelligent point, but ultimately devolves into numbing violence and tired clichés. Read critic reviews

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In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity -- including murder -- is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid.

Cast & Crew

Ethan Hawke
James Sandin
Lena Headey
Mary Sandin
Adelaide Kane
Zoey Sandin
Max Burkholder
Charlie Sandin
Edwin Hodge
Bloody Stranger
Rhys Wakefield
Polite Stranger
Arija Bareikis
Mrs. Grace Ferrin
Tom Yi
Mr. Cali
Chris Mulkey
Mr. Halverson
Tisha French
Mrs. Halverson
Dana Bunch
Mr. Ferrin
Peter Gvozdas
Dr. Peter Buynak
James DeMonaco
Screenwriter
Brad Fuller
Producer
Jacques Jouffret
Cinematographer
Melanie Jones
Production Design
Peter Gvozdas
Film Editor
Lisa Norcia
Costume Designer
Nathan Whitehead
Original Music
Karuna Karmarkar
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Critic Reviews for The Purge

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Audience Reviews for The Purge

  • Jul 20, 2020
    Many of the old haunted house cliches get an update - not - with this curious trinket of horror. On one night of the year society has ruled that any crime is permitted. This film follows one household and how they survive the night. It begins with typical haunted house stratagem, namely: despite the danger and the common wisdom of staying together, all the characters separate to wander the halls of the house with a dim flashlight alone. How much you enjoy this piece is equal to how much you'll tolerate the obviousness of some followed conventions. People wandering around in the dark whispering for other people. "Where are you?" I found it tiresome, unoriginal and extremely predictable.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2017
    seen it all before done better i.e. clockwork orange, funnny games.
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jul 21, 2016
    The purge is one of the most hyped horror movies ever to date. The commercials and spots where great and the posters got us incredibly hyped to experience the purge. Its fresh concept all lured us in only for a short cliche horror film with its story mostly revolving around its jump scares. Using scares from the likes of Nightmare on Elm Street and even other thrillers this movie falls short on originality and ultimately just loses all credibility for its weak script and cheap scares. It should've score lower on RT at around 20%-23% a poor horror movie.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 11, 2016
    This film is largely forgettable with a story climax that pretty much wraps in about 5 minutes and then the end of the film you really can see coming. I guess the only thing you can take from this is the message that people in large groups (social justice) can be violent and bad but people in smaller groups or individuals are, for the most part, good. Whatever though. This movie was completely forgettable but like 80s slasher films, they just keep making new ones.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer

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