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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Ethan Hawke
Lena Headey
Tony Olier
Directors
James DeMonaco
Screenwriters
James DeMonaco
Running Time
85 minutes

The Purge
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The Purge

Plot
America, 2022. To maintain a peaceful, prosperous society, crime is legalised for one night a year. James (Ethan Hawke) and Mary Sandin (Lena Headey) and their children hunker down in a fortified suburban home, but murderous people gather on their lawn.


Verdict
A small-scale science fiction/action/horror picture with some smarts – but likely to confirm all your prejudices about gun-loving Americans.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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