If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? James DeMonaco’s The Purge asks this question to its audience as a test of morality which plagues this alternative universe. One family of four will have to answer that question when they will be tested over the course of one night. Will they survive? Watch the trailer after you hit the jump.
The Purge came virtually out of no where. I would have easily put it on the 2013 must-watch horror list, but it wasn’t revealed to me until very recently. The concept behind this film is absolutely insane, and I love it. Sure this is another Platinum Dunes joint – the Michael Bay production studio – but this movie was written by the guy who did Jack, James DeMonaco. You mean you don’t remember Jack, that Robin Williams movie from the ’90s where he grows up four times faster than the average human? He also wrote The Negotiator if that helps you build any sort of confidence.
The family who must survive The Purge consists of the Sandins. Ethan Hawke plays the father, wed to Lena Headley, who must protect their son and daughter played by Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. This movie bears small similarities to The Strangers, but based on the trailer, I’m sure it is able to walk on its own. My biggest concern is whether it will have more to say than just depict a series of brutal violence and sadistic torture. Check out the trailer below:
What kind of irks me about this trailer is the fact that the son is able to access the control panel without some sort of key code. Why would any man who must protect his family allow such an oversight? What kind of fool proof security system is that? One of the other questions I have for this movie is, in this alternative universe, what do all of the other countries think of the purge? If it has proven to reduce crime and take the unemployment rate down to 1%, wouldn’t other countries adopt the system? I smell a sequels upon sequels.
Read up on the full plot synopsis for The Purge via Apple Trailers:
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.
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The Purge hits theaters Friday, June 7, 2013 in theaters everywhere.