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The Purge

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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.

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  • Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge

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    • Actors: Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke
    • Directors: James DeMonaco
    • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
    • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
    • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: R (Restricted)
    • Studio: Universal
    • DVD Release Date: October 8, 2013
    • Run Time: 86 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,118 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00BEIYGT8
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,562 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    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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    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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    Surprisingly, the sequel is much better than the first release. This version is hard to believe or get involved with because the characters do completely stupid things that even stupid people wouldn't do. Especially the son who goes completely against character to establish the central drama and resolution. Likewise the parents who in reality would likely bludgeon their own son for his unbelievable idiocy. Though a horror movie, this film does raise a lot of questions about freedom, human nature, wealth distribution and how the various classes in the US view each other. None of the original cast members are in the sequel, but If the same cast from Purge 2 are in Purge 3, I'll go see it and I'm a 60-year old white guy, which is definitely not the target audience. Purge 2 is much better in every way. Hope they go into the events that elected, or the US government overthrow, that put the New Founding Fathers of America in power and the fascist holiday "The Purge" in place.
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    By the year 2022 the US government, led by our New Founding Fathers, has managed to crawl its way out of a triple dip recession and record crime rates. Unemployment stands at 1%, and crime is at an all time low. With one exception. Once a year, on a date designated as The Purge, for twelve hours all crime is legal. Rape, murder, theft, the entire US has a free pass to do whatever they wish and suffer no repercussions for it. In a single day thousands are murdered and millions of dollars worth of property destroyed in order to give everyday American's an outlet to vent their rage, anger, and frustrations in the hope that they will "cleanse their souls" and not be tempted to commit crimes for the rest of the year.

    First of all let's put aside the fact that the premise at face value makes absolutely no sense. I'll let that slide, though I do feel it needs to be said. The premise is what it is, and as implausible as it is, I still thought it interesting enough to warrant a look. But even overlooking this, the movie has some serious flaws that I felt wasted what could have been a very intelligent film. First of all, this film is produced by the same people who brought us great horror movies like the Paranormal Activity movies, Insidious and Sinister, and while I loved those movies this film should have been different. The premise screams suspense thriller, as instead of dealing with supernatural beings like in their previous films, the main baddies in this one are a bunch of teenagers in masks and an old homeless man.
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