A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles.Written by
The Sergeant's name, not heard in the film, is Leo Barnes. The majority of the character's dialogue including his backstory was cut in post-production. His character reappears in The Purge: Election Year (2016), where his full name is learned. See more »
Sergeant Leo Barnes listens to the radio in his car, a 2011-2014 Dodge Charger. He shuts off the radio by pushing the "Screen Off" button. In reality this would shut off the screen only but leave the radio playing. See more »
America. 2023. Unemployment is below 5%. Crime is virtually non-existent while every year fewer and fewer people live below the poverty line. All thanks to...
The Purge: anarchy.
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When I first heard of this film, I had no intention of seeing it at all. The concept -- a night in which nearly all crime is legal -- is attractive and repelling at the same time. And the annoying use of "America the Beautiful" in the promos makes the whole thing seem pretentious and preachy.
Anyway, curiosity got the better of me, and I checked it out. I have to say that I'm glad I did. The film presents a decently told story, sympathetic characters, and, yes, a pretty unsettling look at what things would probably be like if this were to actually happen. But it's not all about chaos. As in real life, you're reminded that the world can be a pretty dark place, but there's a good deal of decency in human nature as well.
It must be said that all of the actors do a great job. For me, the most touching part of the film was the growing relationship between Sergeant, Eva, and Eva's daughter Cali. This trio forms an unexpected familial bond throughout, and you truly care about them as the tale progresses. Overall, I have to commend creator James DeMonaco for crafting a pretty solid and memorable movie.
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