In the future, a wealthy family is held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legalized.
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.
|nudity||3/10 A teen girl sits on her bed and a man grabs her from behind; they kiss. Zoey (the daughter) is seen wearing a skimpy schoolgirl outfit throughout the film.|
|violence||7/10 A man shoots another man in the head (blood sprays) and the dead man is then dragged away. A young man shoots at a man who shoots him in the abdomen; the young man is later seen lying dead on the floor with blood on his wound and hands. A man holds a teen girl around the throat with a gun to her head and another man holds a gun on him; they shout and threaten each other until a woman with a gun approaches from behind. A man is shot in the stomach and struck in the head with a vase. A wounded, bound man struggles to free himself from his bindings and a woman presses a letter opener into the wound in his abdomen twice; the man screams through his gag and thrashes. A teen boy hides in a basement and is found by a man who pulls him out and points a gun at his head; the man is shot from behind several times. A man shoots at another man and a woman and misses but hits furniture and other items; the two men fight, the woman swings an axe at the man and misses, and one man pins the other with a gun across his throat and he hits the man in the head with a pool ball. A man shoots a woman and she falls off a pool table and onto the floor (she dies). A man hits another man with a pool stick a few times and he yells in pain. A man stabs another man in the stomach with a knife, the man falls back to the floor and the other man pulls out the knife, which is covered with blood. A man and a woman grab another woman and hold her on the floor while one woman tickles her and then pulls out a machete; another man and woman shoot the woman holding the machete in the head and the man several times.|
|profanity||4/10 Five uses of the word "fuck" and its derivatives, one use of "shit", three uses of the word "ass", seven uses of the word "damn", eleven religious exclamations.|
|alcohol||1/10 A woman drinks wine in a couple of scenes. A man drinks wine with dinner. A man smokes a cigarette in a couple of scenes.|
|frightening||4/10 The masked murderers may frighten some viewers. MPAA/USA - Rated R for strong disturbing violence and some language. BBFC/UK - Rated 15 (strong language, bloody violence).|