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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.Read more ›
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!Read more ›
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Rented this moving after seeing the 2nd one, which I thought was great. This one, I wanted everyone to die. There were 2 characters who were worthy of saving. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by MediaFan
Did not care for this movie--wasn't even very successful.suspenseful, but the acting was good. I just saw the ,3rd part-it's much better.Published 1 day ago by Donna West
I thought it was pretty good. I like suspense thrillers. This one was good.Published 1 day ago by Michael Jump
One of the worst movies I've ever seen. If I could rate this 'room temperature canned Vienna sausage juice' I would.Published 1 day ago by T. Eaves
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