The Purge is a fantastic looking low-budget thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady from the Blumhouse crew. The Purge actually feels like a couple of movies — think, The Strangers meets You’re Next — and you would be right on track. Have no worries though because The Purge has one undeniably awesome theme that sets it apart from the rest.
The film is set during one horribly terrifying night for a suburban family in which for one night a year, nothing is illegal. Set to hit theaters May 31st, director James DeMonaco’s The Purge looks to be a promising addition to the home invasion family and certainly one to be excited about!
If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? In The Purge, a speculative thriller that follows one family over the course of a single night, four people will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home. 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.