The Purge: Why it became the summer's breakout hit
Despite only having a tiny budget of $3 million, sci-fi/horror thriller The Purge has proved to be one of 2013’s biggest success stories, it raked in over $85 million at the box office and a sequel is already in development.
The Purge is set in the year 2022 when the United States has become ‘a nation reborn’ with crime and unemployment at an all-time low. The reason for this? Once a year, for one night only, all crime is legal, the American people are given a chance to vent all their frustrations, with even rape and murder allowed for one long night.
The film came out on DVD on Monday (October 21) and is proving to be as big a hit with audiences. Wonder why a thriller with such a tiny budget became such a hit with audiences? Here’s why we think so:
It Has A Great Concept At Its Core
‘For one night, all crime is legal’ - as far as descriptions go, this is absolute genius, it hooks you right in. For weeks before the film came out, people across social media were debating the rights and wrongs of this - and you know when you’ve got a tagline that provokes genuine debate, you’re probably on to a winner.
It Looked Fantastic
Writer/Director James DeMonaco’s dystopian vision of America looked stunning. The fact that it cost less than $3 million to pull off is nothing short of remarkable.
It Has A Great Cast
The film also benefited from having a brilliant cast, with Lena Headey, who’s been eating up screens from the past three years as Cersei Lannister in Game Of Thrones, starring alongside Ethan Hawke, who’s back on top form. Add to this stellar performances from young Australian actors Rhys Wakefield and Adelaide Kane and a particularly startling turn from rising star Tony Oller.
It Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat
As viewers follow the trials and tribulations of the Sandin family and their quest to survive the purge, the endless twists and turns kept viewers guessing until the very last seconds of the film.
The Purge is out on DVD now.