Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane, Max Burkholder, Rhys Wakefield, John weselcouch, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Aaron Kuban, Boima Blake, Nathan Clarkson, Chester Lockhart, Tyler Osterkamp, RJ Wolfe, Trazariah Shells, Edwin Hodge, Tony Oller, Arija Bareikis, Dana Bunch, Chris Mulkey, Tisha French, Tom Yi, Peter Gvozdas, David Basila, Karen Strassman
Hours before the annual Purge commences - an event that occurs every year from 7:00 PM on March 21st to 7:00 AM on March 22nd, of which during that time, any known crime is legal and all services are closed - security system salesman James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) returns to his home to prepare for holding out the night with his wife Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children, Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and Charlie (Max Burkholder). The family is assured that the security system from James' company will keep them safe. Zoey sees her boyfriend Henry (Tony Oller), an older boy whom James dislike.
James enables the security system and metal plating that seals the home. The Purge begins, and the family disperses in their home to go about their normal routine, but nothing goes as was supposed to.
James DeMonaco's idea is without doubt intriguing. Twelve hours a year all crime is legal, you can do whatever you want and you won't face any consequence. Though the idea is original, The Purge is not that brilliant.
A great Ethan Hawke uplifts a little bit the film. The villains deserve a special mention, in particular Rhys Wakefield/Polite Leader. The masks are amazing and so the makeup.
Mary Sandin: We are gonna play the rest of this night out in motherfucking peace. Does anyone have a problem with that?