The Purge (2013)

Release Date

June 7th 2013

Cast and Crew

Directed by James DeMonaco

Produced by Jason Blum, Sébastien K. Lemercier, Michael Bay, Andrew Form Bradley Fuller

Written by James DeMonaco

Ethan Hawke
Lena Headey
Adelaide Kane
Max Burkholder

Plot and Summary

In the early 2010s, "The New Founding Fathers of America" have established a new totalitarian government and a police state, following economic collapse. Using the 28th amendment of the U.S Constitution the government has established one night a year - called "The Purge", which occurs on March 21 to 22, in which all crime is legal, and all police, fire and medical emergency services remain unavailable for 12 hours, from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next day. The only rules are that no government officials with authorization levels of 10 and higher are to be disturbed, and all weapons above Class 4 (explosive devices such as grenades, rocket launchers, bazookas, etc.) are forbidden. The purge has resulted in crime and unemployment rates plummeting to 1% and a strong economy. Although it is thought to be used as an act of catharsis for the U.S. populace, in reality, it is used as a method of artificial population control, as the unemployed poor in slum neighborhoods are usually the main targets. If weapons higher than class 4 are instituted for use or if high government officials are attempted to be harmed, the offenders would be publicly executed by hanging.

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