The first part of the series has implemented only a small part of its huge potential and is more a typical home invasion thriller. It can be scary, shocking and thrilling but it could be a little more of everything. The story is solid and arouses interest for the other parts. All in all we can say that it is a solid horror movie to watch.
Synopsis - SPOILER ALERT
Placed in the near future, because of the exponential growth of crime, prison overcrowding, and unemployment, the U.S. government decides to implement a unique solution for all the problems mentioned. The United States is now a reborn nation, new rulers are called "New Founding Fathers of America", they have instituted an annual 12 hour period called "The Purge". During "The Purge" all criminal activities are allowed, which include murder, theft, rape, no police, no firefighters, or medical help. The only rules during this period are that Class 4 weapons are forbidden and that Level 10 government personnel cannot be harmed. All this was designed on a theory that human beings are naturally aggressive and in absence of war and killing they become too aggressive, so "The Purge" is acting as a catalyst for the people letting them vent out all of the negativity. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) is the owner of a company making security systems including video surveillance and metal plates covering doors and windows to prevent any chance of entering the house specifically during "The purge". In their heavily-fortified house, James lives with his wife Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children, Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and Charlie (Max Burkholder). After an emergency broadcast on TV "The Purge" starts and after a while to their door comes a stranger covered in blood begging them to let him in. Charlie deactivates the security system and opens the door, this was a big mistake because there are people after the stranger they just let in and a long night full of violence and blood is only beginning.
Director of this movie James DeMonaco has also written the story of this and all of other parts The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge: Election Year (2016), The First Purge (2018). The Purge was nominated a total of 8 times and won 2 of its nominations. It won the ASCAP Award in the category Top Box Office Films and the Fright Meter Award for Best Supporting Actor.
• Did you know that over 100 different masks are used during the film?
• Have you noticed that The Purge takes place in 2022?
• The Purge had a budget of only $3million and grossed about $89 million worldwide.
If you like this movie, we recommend these: