the purge movie review - Aussieboyreviews


No, but you can still expect the film to be suspenseful, violent and intense. The Purge is an engaging home-invasion horror movie featuring a night of crime, murder and aggression.


During the annual Purge, a period in which all crimes are legalised for 12 hours, a wealthy family is held hostage when they allow a homeless man being hunted down by a murderous group of people in their home.

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Movie details

Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder
Writer: James DeMonaco
Release Date (Australia): 24 October 2013
Runtime: 85 minutes/1h 25m
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (MA15+)

The film features strong themes of crime and murder, in which every crime is legal for 12 hours.

Violence (MA15+)

The film contains frequent scenes in which characters are shot, stabbed and beaten, accompanied by bloody spray and blood detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains infrequent use of the words “f**king”, “bitch” and “s**t”. 

Sex (PG)

Teens are shown kissing and attempting to engage in sexual intercourse. 

mpaa rating

R (for strong disturbing violence and some language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

The idea of crime being legal for a night will definitely be appealing to lots of audiences, but the velocity of this film is a weakening horror movie plan. The Purge is an intense, violent and dark home-invasion horror film. It’s unbalanced to label this film as scary, but honestly still unfair to call it a completely wasted plot.

The twists, turns and thrills in The Purge are usually excellent, but the whole great-looking story could’ve been better. Throughout this empty-seeming thriller, a family is just repeatedly and mindlessly running around their house protecting each other from the unlikeable dangers during the annual Purge. You’ll go in with high expectations and come out satisfied, but mostly disappointed.

The Purge is really only another average horror flick. Although it’s a likeable movie, there’s no real smart slice of story and the whole film, from start to end, is just slow and really casual.

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