The Purge

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Released 2013

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Director:
James DeMonaco
Released:
2013
Rating:
R
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.

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  • 60

    Total Film Neil Smith

    James DeMonaco's blood-splattered thriller begins well before expiring slowly from multiple improbabilities.

  • 40

    The Telegraph Tim Robey

    This movie starts from a premise so sociologically batty it's hard to take any of its subsequent terrors seriously, which means tension doesn't so much fly out the window as fail t...

  • 40

    The Guardian

    The film doesn't develop its one good idea so much as stumble around in the dark with it for 85 minutes, crashing noisily into the furniture.

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