The Purge

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The Purge
The Purge poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
(Hospitality Services version)
Directed byJames DeMonaco
Produced byMichael Bay
Jason Blum
Andrew Form
Bradley Fuller
Sébastien Kurt Lemercier
Written byJames DeMonaco
StarringEthan Hawke
Lena Headey
Max Burkholder
Adelaide Kane
Edwin Hodge
Tony Oller
Rhys Wakefield
Arija Bareikis
Chris Mulkey
Music byNathan Whitehead
CinematographyJacques Jouffret
Editing byPeter Gvozdas
StudioPlatinum Dunes
Blumhouse Productions
Media Rights Capital
Why Not Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
Running time85 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3 million[2][3]
Box office$89,328,627[3]
 
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The Purge
The Purge poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
(Hospitality Services version)
Directed byJames DeMonaco
Produced byMichael Bay
Jason Blum
Andrew Form
Bradley Fuller
Sébastien Kurt Lemercier
Written byJames DeMonaco
StarringEthan Hawke
Lena Headey
Max Burkholder
Adelaide Kane
Edwin Hodge
Tony Oller
Rhys Wakefield
Arija Bareikis
Chris Mulkey
Music byNathan Whitehead
CinematographyJacques Jouffret
Editing byPeter Gvozdas
StudioPlatinum Dunes
Blumhouse Productions
Media Rights Capital
Why Not Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release dates
Running time85 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$3 million[2][3]
Box office$89,328,627[3]

The Purge is a 2013 American science fiction horror thriller film directed and written by James DeMonaco and starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller, Rhys Wakefield, Arija Bareikis, and Chris Mulkey.

Despite mixed to negative reviews, the film grossed $89,328,627 during its run, surpassing its $3 million budget. The film was turned into a scare zone for 2013's annual Halloween Horror Nights due to its success, and has developed a cult following. A sequel, titled The Purge: Anarchy, is set for a worldwide theatrical release on July 18, 2014.

Plot[edit]

In the year 2022, the United States has become "a nation reborn" due to the New Founding Fathers of America. Crime and unemployment rates are at an all-time low due to the government having instituted an annual 12-hour period called "the Purge" during which all criminal activity (including murder) becomes legal. The only rules during the Purge are that certain government officials must remain unharmed and usage of weaponry above "Class 4" is forbidden. Additionally, the police and emergency services are suspended during this time and anyone who doesn't follow the rules of the Purge will receive the death penalty. The Purge is designed to act as a catharsis for the American people, so that they may vent all negative emotions and repressed urges, although it is implied that the Purge is really just a method of population control, allowing the weeding-out of people who are seen as a burden on society and the economy.

James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is a wealthy home security salesman who lives in an affluent neighborhood in suburban Los Angeles, California. James has made a fortune selling home security systems designed for the Purge. On the night of the 2022 Purge, James comes home to his wife Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children, Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and Charlie (Max Burkholder). Zoey is dating Henry (Tony Oller), an older boy her father does not approve and Charlie constantly questions the need for the Purge. Zoey goes to her bedroom, where she finds Henry, who snuck into the house before the lockdown to convince James to bless their relationship. At 7:00 P.M., an Emergency Broadcast System and sirens blaring outside announce the start of the Purge.

After a while, Charlie is left alone and notices via the video monitors a bloody stranger called Dwayne (Edwin Hodge) outside the house pleading for help. Charlie deactivates the security system and lets him in. James intercepts Dwayne and holds him at gunpoint. Henry appears with a handgun and opens fire on James. James fatally shoots Henry and Dwayne escapes to hide within the house. Zoey runs off with the fatally-wounded Henry and watches him die. James goes off in search of his daughter and Dwayne.

A group of masked criminals approach the house looking for Dwayne. Their leader (Rhys Wakefield) threatens to kill everyone inside unless the family surrenders Dwayne, whose homelessness they claim makes him a good candidate for Purging. James admits to his wife that the security system was designed to act as a deterrent and has limits. Charlie finds Dwayne and leads him to a secret hiding place. However, Zoey is held captive by him after she inadvertently stumbles into his hiding place. James arrives and subdues Dwayne, planning to turn him over to his pursuers outside. However, the Sandins have a change of heart after realizing they are acting like the Purgers. The masked group's leader announces that their time is up and the Purgers break into the house.

James kills three of them, but is stabbed by the leader. As Mary is about to be killed, her neighbors come to the family's aid. Mr. and Mrs. Halverson (Chris Mulkey and Tisha French) shoot Mary's attackers and she goes in search of her family. After locating Mary, Charlie and a dying James, the leader attempts to kill them, but Zoey emerges and shoots him dead. The neighbors enter the room, having killed the remainder of the Purgers, and reveal that they have come to kill the Sandins due to their hatred for the family's wealth.

Just as they are about to kill the family, Dwayne emerges and kills Mr. Cali (Tom Yi) with his handgun, holding the remaining at gunpoint. Deciding that too many people have already been killed and to ensure the neighbors live with their guilt, Mary spares their lives and waits with them until the end of the Purge. The neighbors leave the house the next morning at the blaring of the sirens. Dwayne goes as well, leaving a thankful Mary. The family watches emergency services vehicles arrive to carry away the bodies of the Purgers, as well as James's. During the ending credits, radio broadcasts state that this Purge was the most successful yet, due to a record number of murders, with stock markets opening high with increased sales of home defense systems and weapons, and that the Purge for 2023 will occur as normal.

Cast[edit]

Purgers[edit]

Release[edit]

The film premiered at the Stanley Film Festival on May 2, 2013[4] and released in theatres on June 7, 2013 in the United States.[5]

Reception[edit]

The Purge received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes records a rating of 37% based on 131 reviews, with a weighted average of 5.1/10 and the site's consensus stating "Half social allegory, half home-invasion thriller, The Purge attempts to use thriller formula to make an intelligent point—but ultimately only ends up sinking in numbing violence and tired cliches."[6] The film holds a score of 41/100 on Metacritic based on 33 reviews, signifying mixed or average critics.[7] The film received a "C" on CinemaScore.[8]

On io9, Charlie Jane Anders described it as "a clunky and implausible political screed in movie form."[9] Entertainment Weekly gave The Purge a B−, saying that it "clearly has a lot on its mind, but it never really manages to express it."[10]

Box office[edit]

In its opening weekend, The Purge topped the box office with $16.8 million on opening day and $34.1 million through the entire weekend.[11] The film has collected $64,473,115 domestically and $87,043,336 worldwide, with a production budget of $3 million.[3][12]

Home media[edit]

The Purge was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on October 8, 2013.

Sequel[edit]

Due to the success of the first film, a sequel film is in development by Universal and Blumhouse in the near future.[13] On November 20, 2013, the film was announced for a worldwide release on July 18, 2014.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Purge' (15)". British Board of Film Classification. April 30, 2013. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Amy (2013-06-06). "Box office: Low-budget 'The Purge' expected to beat 'The Internship'". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "The Purge (2013) – Box Office Mojo". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Kit, Borys. "Ethan Hawke's The Purge to Open Inaugural Stanley Film Festival". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Purge (2013) – International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Purge (2013)". Rotten Tomatoes. Warner Bros. Retrieved September 28, 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Purge". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ Subers, Ray. "Weekend Report: 'Purge' Kills, 'Fast,' 'Trek' Reach $200 Million". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  9. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (2013-06-07). "The Purge could be this year's most hamfisted political movie". io9. Gawker Media. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  10. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (2013). "The Purge". Entertainment Weekly (1263): 72. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for June 7-9, 2013". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2013-06-16. 
  12. ^ "The Purge shocks with $36.4 million opening at box office". Newsday. Associated Press. 2013-06-09. Retrieved 10 June 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Purge has a sequel in development". 10 June 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 

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