Here’s the first film clip from the thriller The Purge. It features Ethan Hawke‘s character brutally fighting off a couple of masked maniacs. I can see why people would think this movie looks stupid, but I think it actually looks promising. I think it will deliver some solid entertainment.
The story focuses on a society where crime is legal for one night out of the year to let people vent their frustrations and murder people. One family locks themselves down in their fortified house for the night until one of their stupid kids lets a stranger into the house.
It was written and directed by Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator writer James DeMonaco, and it comes from the producing team that brought us Paranormal Activity and Sinister. The movie also stars Lena Headey, Rhys Wakefield, Max Burkholder, and Adelaide Kane.
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.