In "The Purge," the setting is the United States in the year 2022. The world is quite pleasant with an unemployment rate of only 1%, very little crime and with the vast majority of residents happy and healthy. To keep things running smoothly, the US Government organizes an annual purge on March 21 during which all crime is allowed and no emergency services are available for a 12-hour overnight period. The government encourages residents to use this time to commit any crime they wish, murder included, to get it out of their system so the remainder of the year can be prosperous. While many choose to steal and kill during that time, others, especially those wealthy enough to abstain, spend the purge period in the safety of their highly fortified homes.
During this specific purge, the Sandin family, father James (Ethan Hawke), mother Mary (Lena Headey), daughter Zoey (Adelaide Kane) and son Charlie (Max Burkholder), gathers in their secure home and wait out the madness. Their plan changes however when Charlie disengages their security system to allow a stranger (Edwin Hodge), who was pleading for help in the street, into their home. Not soon afterwards a hoard of masked men and women and their leader Henry (Tony Oller), approach the Sandin home in search of the stranger, their target to kill during the purge. The Sandins are then tasked with deciding between breaking their personal morals and giving up the stranger or potentially becoming a victim themselves if they choose to try to keep everyone safe.
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Suspended for 12 Hours
Emergency Broadcast System: "This is the Emergency Broadcast System announcing the commencement of the annual purge. At the siren, all emergency services will be suspended for 12 hours. Your government thanks you for your participation."The family watches and listens to the emergency alert on the television warning of the coming purge and how it works. The voice explains that during the 12-hours period there are no laws and there are no emergency services, but everyone is encouraged to get out in the world and work off some aggression while they can.
Tonight Allows People a Release
James: "Tonight allows people a release for all the hatred and violence that they keep up inside them."
Charlie: "Why don't you guys kill someone tonight?"
James: "Because we don't feel the need to, Charlie."
Mary: "Just remember all the good the purge does."
James: "We can afford protection so we'll be fine just like always, okay?"
Stranger: "Help me! Someone, please! Help me! I just need to get somewhere safe! Can anybody hear me?"
Charlie: "Let's go. This way!"
James: "Charlie, no!"
Charlie: "This way! Hurry!"
Everything's Gonna Be Okay
James: "We're gonna make it through tonight and everything's gonna be okay."
Zoey: "Nothing is ever going to be okay again."
Father James tries to settle Zoey down after she becomes frightened by the events of the purge. He tries to tell her all will be well in the end but Zoey already recognizes the permanent harm the event has done.