Home invasion movies terrify me. Probably because for years I lived in a ramshackle cabin outside the college dorms with only a simple chain lock keeping my pizza box-formed door shut from the elements. Somehow I made it through all four years with only one simple B&E. But I genuinely have trouble watching movies like The Strangers and Funny Games, but there’s been so many bad ripoffs of those movies that the genre was kind of run into the ground.
But someone found a new interesting dystopian twist to add into the mix and have come up with The Purge a thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Game of Throne’s Lena Headey as parents stuck protecting their home during the one night of the year that America allows for crime to be legal in order to keep order the other 364 of the year.
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.
The Purge opens May 31st.