Here’s the dark idea that sits at the heart of The Purge; for one night a year crime is legal and, even worse, America is better for it. Of course it is a home invasion b-flick so it contains plenty of nasty exploitative moments but it’s the bits around the edges, the Let The Spacemen Beware / Handmaid’s Tale stuff, that make this one of the most satisfying films of 2013. This is smart, substantial, efficient, thought-provoking filmmaking and proof that Prof. Michael Haneke often misses the point.

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