The Purge

The Purge

"One night a year, all crime is legal."
  • R
  • 2013
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 5.7  (202,272)
  • 41

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.

The Purge
James Tells Mary And Charlie They Are Going To Fight
James Tells Mary And Charlie They Are Going To Fight

Clip - 53 sec

James Demonaco On The Storyline
James Demonaco On The Storyline

Behind the Scenes - 1 min 28 sec

Lena Headey On The Storyline
Lena Headey On The Storyline

Behind the Scenes - 31 sec

Charlies Asks His Parents Why They Don't Participate In The Purge
Charlies Asks His Parents Why They Don't Participate In The Purge

Clip - 45 sec

A Stranger Threatens To Enter The Sandin's Home
A Stranger Threatens To Enter The Sandin's Home

Clip - 41 sec

The Purge
The Purge

Trailer - 2 min 32 sec

Description
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.

The Purge is a 2013 science fiction movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7 and a MetaScore of 41.

The Purge is available to watch, stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon, Google Play, Apple TV, YouTube VOD and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent The Purge for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.

  • Release Date
    2013
  • MPAA Rating
    R
  • Runtime
    1 hr 25 min
  • Language
    English
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (202,272)
  • Metascore
    41