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The Purge [Blu-ray]

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A family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.

Ever wanted to go wild and act on all those anarchic feelings of pent-up rage that fester as obsessions until they make you crazy? In the world of the near future portrayed in The Purge, the government has come up with a solution that has led to a virtually crime-free society. One night a year, taking action on those bottled-up emotions is absolutely legal. For 12 hours anything goes, up to and including murder, without judgment or punishment of any kind. Yes, it's preposterous, but the movie limits the scenario to a tested formula--a family holed up together on an island (their luxury home) to fight off evil--that boils the premise down to microcosm. As such, The Purge is a taut thriller that often falls back on tropes yet manages to sustain chills and surprises in spite of a few weary devices made popular by countless horror movies. Ethan Hawke plays James Sandin, a devoted family man who has made a fortune selling security systems to the upscale, gated-community homeowners who want to protect themselves from common folk hungry for the taste of blood on Purge night. The Sandins have no need to purge and eschew violence, so during the Purge they lock down the house (thanks to James's top-of-the-line products and services) and wait for the mayhem to pass. But even the best security system is only as strong as its operator, and James's young son is too sympathetic to let a homeless man be killed by marauding purgers wearing spooky masks, so he breaks protocol and gives the man sanctuary. The purgers don't like that, so they threaten to kill everyone if James does not give up the hostage. Set entirely in the darkened maze of the house, a bloody cat-and-mouse game begins and many players engage in the murderous stakes, including James's teenage daughter's boyfriend, who would like to bury the axe he's been grinding right into James's head. And when the security system proves to be not so impenetrable after all, the frights become genuinely scary, as do the responses of the Sandin family, not to mention their neighbors. It turns out many of them have been James's customers and hold a grudge against his exploitation, thereby nurturing their resentment until this year's Purge. The Purge's premise would have been intriguing to explore outside the confines of a single incident in one home, but the scares keep coming, building to an effective sense of tension and dread. It's all released as dawn breaks after the hell night. The Purge ends on an unexpected, satisfying note, even though many of the characters undoubtedly walk away with some lingering obsessions. Just wait until next year. --Ted Fry

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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke
    • Directors: James DeMonaco
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, Color, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Number of discs: 2
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal
    • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
    • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016 (Click here for more information)
    • Run Time: 172 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,205 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "The Purge [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    165 of 202 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 10, 2013
    Format: DVD
    The premise behind writer/director James DeMonaco's film THE PURGE is indeed a fantastic one: set in the year 2022, when unemployment nationwide is down to just one percent, and crimes across the board are at an all-time low. But what if the manner of getting it that was to allow a one-night "purge", in which violent behavior was actually sanctioned by the United States government, and largely to rid America of the poor and the indigent? It is a premise that may seem outrageous; but so too was the idea of a surveillance state as depicted in George Orwell's classic 1948 novel "1984"; and what has America become since 9/11 but a real-life surveillance state? Under the right circumstances, it is completely possible that something like THE PURGE might come to pass.

    Ethan Hawke portrays a security systems designer whose entire neighborhood, located in the hills above West Los Angeles, owes its very security and safety to his security designs. It becomes especially important during a twelve-hour time frame from 7 PM to 7 AM on March 21st and 22nd, 2022 known as "The Purge", in which violent behavior, including murder, theft, and even rape, will be allowed--and no police or emergency first responders will be on duty. It is a thing that Hawke and his family, and their neighbors, have gotten used to; and they have also become largely callous when it comes to the potential victims of the Purge, namely the poor who don't have the ability to support themselves with any job or pay approaching anywhere close to what Hawke makes. But on this particular Purge Night, one of Hawke's children (Max Burkholder), out of the goodness and conscience of his heart, lets a wounded black man (Edwin Hodge) enter the premises, which upsets Hawke tremendously.
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    The opening scenes introduce us to a dystopian futuristic America in which we have overcome staggering recessions, unemployment and crime rates. Everyone seems happy and at peace with the means that provide this thriving economy.

    So what do they have to thank? The Purge. The Purge is a 12-hour period during which all crime is legal and all police, medical and emergency services are suspended. Radio and news casts bombard viewers with soma-popping Brave New World mantras about "unleashing the beast within" to "cleanse [or purge] our inherently violent nature."

    What's most interesting about this society is that The Purge is embraced by most everyone. Sure, there are media debates on how The Purge "targets" the poor who can't afford to defend themselves, but even the wealthy--with their armored home security systems--socialize, talk about what they're doing during The Purge or "purge" together in hunting parties.

    All of the pro-Purge political views are presented through an upper class filter--more specifically, the pro-Purge mindset of James Sandin (Ethan Hawke; Sinister, Daybreakers), a home security system salesman who lives in a ritzy neighborhood full of fake, well-to-do smiling neighbors. This year, instead of attending a party, James is spending a quiet purge with his wife Mary (Lena Headey; Game of Thrones, Dredd, The Cave, The Brothers Grimm), son Charlie (Max Burkholder) and daughter Zooey (Adelaide Kane).

    James' family is less embracing of The Purge than the rest of the neighborhood but, for fear of death, they abide by the social standard but do not themselves partake. Catching more of our attention is James.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ExcessReviews on April 30, 2014
    Format: DVD
    Just some thoughts about it in general and trying to avoid major spoilers.

    Not a bad movie. But way to many logic gaps.

    The daughter is a typical teen spoiled, good looking, mean girl type. Felt no sympathy for her problems.

    The family? Rich fools who despite the father being a security salesman, did a bad job securing his place. As a security guy he should have the best precautions and he does not.

    Power lines easy to cut by the bad guys from the outside? I mean really?
    Security cameras outside but none inside and they live in a huge mansion like home?

    Knowing the purge is happening. Yet puts the home shields down minutes before? Why not hours earlier in case it jams?

    Know there is a purge yet have no hidden shelters or secret bunkers inside? For a second and third layer of security?

    Tells the kid to hide in the basement? That has no secret compartment and no real place to hide.

    Yet the kid has a secret very small room that even the sister knows about. And the only smart one to have a room.

    Sister hides under a bed? Knowing the brother got a much more secret room and it's a better option.

    It also sets a bad undertone message in that the family who is wealthy. The guy sold security equipment and earned his money. there is no hint of drug use, theft, or him being a bad or evil businessman. What he did was legit.

    Yet the people who bought his equipment feel anger, that he made a lot of money off them. And now they want revenge.

    And there is no hint that the equipment is bad. It was of good quality.

    So basically this tells society. If you make a business legally, ethically and get rich. Just by the very nature of you being rich and well off.
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