Release Year: 2013
Director: James DeMonaco
Writer: James DeMonaco
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Rhys Wakefield, Tony Oller
In a near-future American all crime, including murder, is legal for a 12 hour period every year. A wealthy family shelters the victim of a murderous group and find themselves on the receiving end of groups bloodthirst.
This first entry in the Purge series (four films and an upcoming Tv series) is set in a near future dystopian America. The economy is booming, poverty is almost wiped out, and crime rates are at an all time low. This is attributed to the annual purge sanctioned by the new founding fathers; a 12 hour period in which all crime is legal. The wealthy protect their affluent homes with security systems sold by people like James Sandin (Ethan Hawke), while those who have less often find themselves on the receiving end of senseless violence. The film was made on a small budget and therefore focuses on the events in one house, that of the Sandin family. Their young teenage son takes pity on a stranger (Edwin Hodge) and when his pursuers turn up they are not happy. The family is given the choice of handing over the stranger or being invaded and killed along with him. The scariest thing about The Purge is the idea that something like this could ever be considered a good idea. The film touches on some interesting social commentary, but the execution is poor. For the majority of the film it is about as intense as a wet cloth. Still it is a decent home invasion flick and can easily be recommended to those who scare easily. This is a thriller that will thrill such people while more seasoned horror fans will be disappointed.
The idea behind the purgers wearing masks is to remind people of Halloween to show how The Purge has become almost a national day of celebration.
Picture Copyright: UIP
If you want to watch the movie yourself, then you can get it here: