America's third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but $5,000 is given to anyone who does.
Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one suspect: John Kramer, the man known as Jigsaw, who has been dead for over 10 years.
Callum Keith Rennie
In an America wracked by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity-including murder-becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. It's one night when the citizenry regulates itself without thought of punishment. On this night plagued by violence and an epidemic of crime, one family wrestles with the decision of who they will become when a stranger comes knocking. When an intruder breaks into James Sandin's (Ethan Hawke) gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart. Now, it is up to James, his wife, Mary (Lena Headey), and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.Written by
James DeMonaco, director and writer of the film, got the idea for the story after his wife made a remark about an episode he had with road rage. See more »
When James Sandin picks up a billiards ball to hit the purger with, it is yellow, however, when the ball makes contact with the purger's head in the next shot, it is red. See more »
Tonight allows people a release for all the hatred and violence that they keep up inside them.
Why don't you guys kill someone tonight?
Because we don't feel the need to, Charlie.
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The protagonist, would have been better without his family. The movie shows irrational and illogical decisions by the protagonist's family members, it displays what happens when you pamper your family too much. You can predict the protagonist's fate as soon as you go through the family member's, A dimwit son without a speck of apology, making suicidal decisions in cold blood. A prostitute for a daughter, anchoring him down. A foolish wife, shadowing her children's faults and blaming it all onto her husband. His family has some kind of problem as to why he earns money or why their life is so smooth and prefect. The protagonist's blood for crocodile tears.
Concluding, this movie is solely to speculate what kind of family the protagonist had and what goes through their head to make decisions they make. Overall, a good movie, says more about bad relations than the purge itself.
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