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Running Time 85 min
Release Date Jun 7, 2013
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The Purge

In a futuristic America plagued by crime, the government sanctions a 12-hour period once a year in which all criminal activity is legal. When an intruder breaks into the home of James Sandin and his family, they must try to survive the night without compromising their personal moral code.

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June 7, 2013 - Boston.com - Peter Keough, Globe Correspondent

Somewhere between Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and the “Family Guy” episode in which Peter Griffin joins the Tea Party lies “The Purge.” Unfortunately, it’s as funny as the former and as thoughtful as the latter.
The scenario probably sounded great when writer-director James DeMonaco pitched it. Sometime in the future — say 2022, March 21 at 5:58 p.m. to be precise — unemployment in the country America is at 1 percent and crime barely registers. The reason? Perhaps inspired by “The Hunger Games,” a cabal called The New Founding Fathers has taken over the country and instituted an annual Purge, 12 hours of anarchy during which anything goes: murder, rape, mayhem, all can be enjoyed with impunity.

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