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The Purge 2013 R CC

From the producer of Paranormal Activity and starring Ethan Hawke, comes an inventive thriller that dares you to survive the most dangerous night in America when all crime is legal.

Starring:
Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Runtime:
1 hour, 25 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Mystery, Horror
Director James DeMonaco
Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey
Supporting actors Rhys Wakefield, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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Have you seen Panic Room or any number of other films with over-exaggerated intruders chasing a helpless family around their house for almost 2 hours? Well then you have seen this. The concept seems interesting (the yearly government sanctioned purge), but that occupies about 1% of this waste of time.
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The Purge Universal Pictures 2013 Rated R DVD version
OMG. Both the front and back cover of the DVD suggested this might be a “slasher” horror film, catering perhaps to the worst impulse of human nature: sadism. I was pleased to find it was far better than that, though don’t go viewing it expecting to see the next "Gone With The Wind".
Let’s start with the basics. It’s rated R and it warrants “R” due to scenes of violence including murder, though there is no excess unnecessary blood nor scenes of mutilation. The use of expletives is fairly minimal and of nudity, none (nothing more than you would see on an average beach).
The story takes place in 2022. That the screenplay must have been written well prior to 2013 and post-2008 and the world-wide financial crisis lends its backstory some credibility. It still remains plausible today, since the whole world still seems to have financial-withdrawal shakes. The story takes place entirely in the US, so what has become of the rest of the world is not mentioned.

Early in the film we're told the US went on to experience a financial crisis far worse than 2008 resulting in rioting and virtual anarchy. Following the next election the new government did a radical re-think of what society needed. It concluded that since aggression is an essential element of human beings, in order to prevent recurring wars or a constant level of violent crime, some new element in our social fabric was needed. Thus was born “The Purge”, a 12 hour period from 7 PM to 7 AM occurring once per year, in which all crimes including murder were permitted (exempting naturally, crimes against government officials above a certain level!
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