- 1 hr 25 min
This movie is a thriller that follows an American society that has a hypothetical law. For one night a year, every crime, including murder, is legal. In other words, any criminal infraction that one can think of, including violent situations of all kinds, are legal for one evening a year. That means that people can riot, they can loot stores, they can even kill people. The premise behind allowing this "purge" is that by allowing people a "release" from all of their pent-up frustration that society at large will be crime free for the rest of the year. Usually this works very well, but for one particular night on one certain year the idea of a "purge" backfires miserably. The story begins with the Sandin family, who are an upper middle class family from a very well-off, gated community. They have a beautiful and large home with the cutting-edge security features, and as they prepare for another year's purge they think they will be safe because of their home's state of the art security system. Unfortunately, they are wrong. When a man who was caught outside on the purge intrudes into their house, the Sandin family becomes very frightened because they do not know who he is running from. It does not take them long to figure out though. Not too long after the daughter has a pang of guilt and lets the crime victim in the house the doorbell rings, and it is the individuals who are preying on this man. They proceed to inform the family that this man is their victim, and if the Sandin family does not release this man to them they will kill them all. What ensues then for the rather well-off Sandin family is a very long, violent, and brutal night where they struggle to protect the intended victim and defend their home at the same time. Ethan Hawke stars in the lead role of James Sandin and Tony Oller plays the villain in this film.