From Brooklyn native James DeMonaco, who wrote Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator, comes the science fiction action thriller The Purge, which he wrote and directed. Co-produced by Michael Bay, it stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge and Rhys Wakefield.
Set in the year 2022, America is wracked by crime and the prisons are overcrowded. In response, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity -- including rape, murder and robbery -- becomes legal. During this time period, the police cannot be called and all emergency services are suspended. The only rules are government officials with a ranking of 10 or higher cannot be harmed and usage of weaponry above Class 4 (such as WMDs) is forbidden. It is one night the citizenry can act as they please without any legal repercussions -- a catharsis for American people to release their aggression.
On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, wealthy home security developer James Sandin (who made his fortune selling home security systems designed for the Purge), his wife Mary and their children Zoey and Charlie are safe inside their heavily-fortified home until a stranger appears at their door pleading for help after the Purge has begun. When Charlie welcomes the stranger into their home, a sequence of events are set in emotion that threaten to tear the family apart. Zoey’s boyfriend, who snuck into the house prior to the Purge, tries to kill James who is against their relationship. A group of masked “Purgers” led by the Polite Leader arrive at their home looking for the stranger, promising not to harm the family if they will hand him over. And jealous neighbors in their gated community decide to vent their hatred for the Sandins’ newfound wealth by coming to kill them. Fighting to survive the night until the lockdown is over, the family must wrestle with the decision of whether they will become the monsters that they have tried so hard to hide from.
- Ethan Hawke as James Sandin
- Lena Headey as Mary Sandin
- Max Burkholder as Charlie Sandin
- Adelaide Kane as Zoey Sandin
- Edwin Hodge as Bloody Stranger
- Rhys Wakefield as Polite Leader
- Tony Oller as Henry
- Arija Bareikis as Mrs. Grace Ferrin
- Tom Yi as Mr. Cali
- Chris Mulkey as Mr. Halverson
- Tisha French as Mrs. Halverson
- Dana Bunch as Mr. Ferrin
- Peter Gvozdas as Dr. Peter Buynak
- Karen Strassman as Journalist
- Peter Jones as the Boss
- Surviving the Night: The Making of The Purge
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