The government makes some pretty boneheaded policy decisions from time to time (or all the time, depending on who you talk to), but can you ever imagine a time when, in order to keep the peace 364 1/2 days a year, they would allow all crime to be permissible for a 12 hour period, including murder?
Well, that’s the overall premise behind director James DeMonaco’s new thriller starring Ethan Hawke (Assault on Precinct 13) and Lena Headey (Game of Thrones). And despite it’s lack of plausibility, it looks like it could make a really terrifying “speculative thriller” (did this genre exist before now?) that has a little bit to say about our modern day correctional services policies. The heart of the story revolves around Hawke and Heady’s family, who go into lockdown mode like everyone else for those hellish 12 hours a year. Their mistake, apparently, is that they left the news on and the blinds up, because one shatters your faith in humanity while the other makes you question what you’d do when you find someone desperately in need of help. And that always leads to trouble.
The Purge comes to theaters (hopefully for more than 12 hours) May 31st, 2013.
Here’s the official press release/synopsis from Blumhouse:
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.
Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator).
The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), Platinum Dunes’ partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13).