Movie Review: The Purge


STARRING: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Edwin Hodge, Adelaide Kane, Rhys Wakefield, Arija Bareikis, Tony Oller.

WRITTEN BY: James DeMonaco

DIRECTED BY: James DeMonaco

Somewhere trapped within this film was a really good concept. The idea that in the near future (even if the film makes it TOO near), we will reach the point where violence in America coupled with the dominance of “the haves” will result in an event where one night a year we purge ourselves of poor people. Of course, the government can’t SAY that they’re authorizing the slaughter of homeless people, but that’s basically what happens.

Enter James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) as a man who has made millions selling home security systems to the rich, keeping them safe during The Purge. So he and his family hunker down during the purge, protected in their mini-mansion. The wife, Mary (Lena Headey) has almost no personality, or…

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