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The Purge

3

Is that the doorbell?

“Safe as houses” doesn’t apply in this home-invasion thriller, set in an America whose populace has carte blanche to run riot for one night every year.

Cowering behind shutters and bars, Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey wait for the rage to abate only to find a masked posse assembled on their doorstep demanding they hand over the homeless man their son has let inside.

Plugging into contemporary fears about urban unrest and mob rule, James DeMonaco’s slick if shallow yarn offers social commentary as a starter before the blood-soaked entrée.

But overall this Straw Dogs wannabe lacks both teeth and bite.

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