'The Purge'

During an annual 12-hour period, all crimes are permitted in America in this melodrama that proved surprisingly potent in ticket sales. Ethan Hawke plays the head of a San Francisco family impacted very directly by the so-called "Purge"when he allows a stranger (Edwin Hodge) into their home.

Lena Headey ("The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones") plays Hawke's wife in the tale from writer-director James DeMonaco and producer Michael Bay. Adelaide Kane - the young Mary, Queen of Scots in the new series "Reign" - also is featured. DVD extra: "making-of" documentary. *** (R: AS, P, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand)

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