The Purge (2013) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2013
  • Genre:  Home Invasion & Survival
  • Cast and crew: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Tom Yi, Chris Mulkey, Tisha French, Dana Bunch, Peter Gvozdas, John Weselcouch, Alicia Vela-Bailey
  • Director:  James DeMonaco
  • Screenwriter:  James DeMonaco

The Purge (2013) Rating:

  • Dylan = 7 / 10;
  • Eloise = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • Andrew = 7 /10;
  • IMDb = 5.7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 3.9 / 10;

The Purge (2013) Synopsis:

Set in the near future, America has found a way to deal with crimes and poverty: to allow people to kill and commit all sorts of crimes, but for one night only.

The Purge (2013) Review:

The Purge is the surprising blend of two favorite sub-genres of horror: home invasion and science-fiction. The concept behind the story is fascinating: a 12 hours period during which citizens are permitted to commit murders and all sorts of the crime of violence. Such a night supposedly extrapolates the people’s rage and also eliminates the poorest citizens who cannot protect themselves, creating a society cured of crime and poverty. The story is elaborated, and the concept well-used to create a very-tense and credible home invasion movie.

The rest is some classic action: gunshot, hide and seek, crazy invaders. This part disappointed me. After such a great start, my expectations were running high but instead, I found that the second part dramatically lacked suspense and that the story was rather surprise-less. There are a few twists but horror regular watchers will probably see them coming.

Still, it is a great movie, but I think that the film should have emphasized more on the science-fiction aspect, which brings the true novelty, and less on the action, which you’ll find uninspired if you already saw a couple of home invasion film (The Strangers, The Last House on the Left, Ils).


Watch it without hesitation if you’re a horror fan. Now if you are a neophyte simply looking for a great home invasion horror movie, I’ll recommend that you watch You’re Next instead, which was released almost at the same time.

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