How’s this for terrifying: One night out of the year, society permits any sort of criminal activity imaginable. That’s the premise behind the new Ethan Hawke-starrer “The Purge.”
Set in the near-future, the film sees an America were unemployment is at nearly zero and crime is at an all-time low. How? “The Purge” — an annual 12-hour period when the government suspends all laws, allowing its citizens to run auk and do whatever they please (rape, murder, whatever). Allow James, played by Hawke, to explain how this works, exactly: “Tonight allows people a release for all the hatred and violence that they keep up inside them.”
His wife Mary (played by Lena Headey) reassures their children, “Just remember all the good The Purge does.” Of course, it isn’t long until their son allows a wanted man into their panic-room-of-a-home, prompting a gang of creepy masked murderers to siege their property. Who will survive the night?
Watch the frightening, albeit ludicrous, trailer above. “The Purge” opens May 31.