Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - October, 2013


"The Purge (DVD) - Reviewed by Cynthia Johnson

The Purge


This thriller is about a well to do family surviving the most dangerous 12 hour night in America. According to the law, the Sandin's family choose not to participate and must lockdown their house while any citizen who is in need of a 'purge' can commit a multitude of crimes including murder without consequences. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) leads his wife (Lena Headey) and kids through a night of terror. Everyone is fair game for those 12 hours. Do they hide, fight back or join in on a purge of their own?


  • Universal Studios
  • 2013, Color, Rated R, 85 minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: English 5.1 Dolby True HD
  • Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield
    Director-James DeMonaco
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes


This movie did not last long in the theaters. I can understand why. Dear Ethan Hawk, how could you have gone from Training Day to The Purge? (Sigh). Dear Lena Headey, please stick with your character on Game of Thrones.

Hawk and Headley play an unconvincing family role of parents in the Sandin family. Starting off with the typical family of 2 teenage kids who are all living in a safe and eye pleasing gated community where he has sold Home Protection to the entire neighborhood. However it only works 99% of the time because no one expects that to happen in 'their' neighborhood.

The purge commences and the 12 hour lockdown begins. Cue good karma points for the son Max, when he sees a bloody beaten man screaming for help on the highly tech savvy in-home monitors, and decides to open the locked fortress to save him. Unfortunately that man is running from a group of purge crazy men and women, led by a polite yet crazy stranger (Rhys Wakefield) who demands that James Sardin release him or join him as a victim along with his entire family.

All in all, this was a good idea for a movie but poorly casted and directed.


No need to rent this movie in high definition. Maybe turn up the subwoofer to get a few jumps out of it but nothing more to report.


Bonus features if you want to watch the making of The Purge and interviews with both Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and more.