Purge, The

Lists: Horror, Thriller, Dystopian

Brief Synopsis: "Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion."

Overall Ranking: 3106 (Rank from 2013: # 188)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 17.39%
Half-Popped 56.52%
Stale 4.35%
Burnt 21.74%


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    Dave Examines Movies82(full review)
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    Dan Fogarty - Fogs Movie Reviews71(full review)
    RMMR Daniel Hernandez64(full review)
    Colin Flanagan61(full review)
    Sober Film Critic James Brown61(full review)
    Paul Perkins61
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    FilmHamster61(full review)
    Daniel Prinn at Daniel's Film Reviews57(full review)
    CinemaVisitor Erik55(full review)
    Drezzy55 - I sorta liked what they did here, with the whole idea behind the Purge itself being one big "fuck you" to the uber-con/Tea Party crowd (blatantly done so, too, considering it's primarily those below the poverty line who are designated as victims by the upper-middle class citizens that feel "entitled" to taking part in the Purge, not to mention the Carpenter-esque religious right overtones of the government), but the execution failed, the cast left much to be desired (Ethan Hawke and Rhys Wakefield were the only decent actors in the whole thing, and it's obvious Rhys was hamming it up in overdrive), and the plot lost itself. The kids are ridiculously stupid on top of it all and you'll find yourself hoping that the son, at least, dies. There's a few bright spots (vaguely hinted at in the trailer, but not given away much at all), but this is a bad movie through and through. It's a pity that this got a wide release while The East, which was a heralded indie thriller that also served as a diatribe against the current state of right wing Ayn Rand worshipers, was forced into "select markets" only. A damn shame since I really, really wanted to see it, but it was never playing near me.
    Minnesota Man55(full review)
    Bryan Lienesch50 - A word to the wise: horror flicks that want to have moral lessons just don't work.
    Dan O'Neill50(full review)
    Entertainment Blur Rob43(full review)
    That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes37(full review)
    David Baruffi25(full review)
    Betsy Russo of CinemaNerdz25(full review)
    Angry Vader25(full review)
    Tom Little of Digital Shortbread20(full review)
    Patrick Devitt20

    People Involved

  • Lena Headey ()
  • Ethan Hawke ()
  • Max Burkholder ()
  • Adelaide Kane (Zoey)
  • Rhys Wakefield ()
  • Tony Oller (Henry)
  • Edwin Hodge ()
  • Tom Yi (Mr. Cali)
  • (Director)
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  • James DeMonaco (Director)
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