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1,066 Ratings

The Purge

Directed by James DeMonaco
United States, France, 2013
Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller


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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The Purge Directed by James DeMonaco

Awards & Festivals

Fright Meter Awards

2013 | Winner: Best Supporting Actor

What are people saying?

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Purge

    A well-executed, self-contained, high-concept thriller that supposes a near future where the USA have put forward an extreme solution to violent crime. Mix that in a pot with a little bit of meditation on capitalism, corporatism, democracy, and even law-making, and you get this tense little film. Not too many clichés, surprisingly. Hawke does a great job (as usual).

  • manybits's rating of the film The Purge

    Simultaneously heavy handed and clever. An effective depiction of 2013 neoliberal America, where wealth inequality has reached catastrophic levels - basically, every day is Purge Day. Ten years from now it will be probably considered a minor masterpiece. Think John Carpenter''s Assault on Precinct 13 meets The Strangers with a political subtext. I am waiting for Zizek's exegesis.

  • Palmat's rating of the film The Purge

    Cool concept with great production work and fine performances. The direction is however very uneven and the director seems to be hesitant about what movie he wants to make. The tone veers from home-invasion-movie to slasher-horror to social commentray to class thriller. Enjoyable while you're watching but ultimately confusing when everything is over.

  • courtneylesueur's rating of the film The Purge

    What the hell? I was so excited about this and I was so let down. The exact same thing happened with Sinister. Hey, Ethan Hawke. STOP MAKING HORROR FILMS. They all suck.

  • anarresti's rating of the film The Purge

    This movie is outstanding in what it puts in our faces, politically, and in emotional and cultural terms. Its premise is very strong and delivered in a solid fashion. Did not give it more stars, because it develops like a thriller, a home invasion movie, something like that. And I'm not sure that it (the way the plot unfolds) serves the politics and the premise, or if the premise is just excuse for a horror flick.

  • Rebeca Magnus's rating of the film The Purge

    This movie has a really strong concept. I'm satisfied with the execution but I think it could have been a lot better and deeper. It could have been a lot more controversial and shocking for it had the right topic to be exploited; but that doesn't really matter in the end anyway because the discussion still continues after the movie's been watched.

  • pieomy's rating of the film The Purge

    entertaining I guess, but so much stuff doesn't make sense. they had a chance of getting away with it and shoving the guy out of the door for the killers with time to spare, but instead just faffed about and ran out of time. dumbbbbbb.

  • Ricky Robertson Jr.'s rating of the film The Purge

    It felt like a remake of an 80's movie that never existed, and I think that's a pretty good compliment. The premise is so over the top that I thought it would have to be all grindhousey, but the events that unfold are mostly grounded and plausible for taking place in such an unbelievable framework. But, if anything, it's too restrained and its greatest conflicts aren't resolved as climactically as you'd expect.

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