The futuristic sc-fi horror movie The Purge lands in theaters June 7th and early reviews and spoilers for the movie have already made their way online. Before we get down to the good stuff, here's the synopsis for you guys:
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.
It's a really interesting premise that plays on our fears of home invasion, a society divided along economic and social lines and the dangers of wide-sweeping Government regulation.
Some spoilers for the movie have made their way to Moviepilot HQ concerning some medium-sized plot twists, so obviously, if you don't want to know what goes down in The Purge I suggest you go and make a cup of tea or something.
OK let's begin.
The stranger that breaks into the family's house is a homeless on the run from a gang trying to kill him. They demand the family hand him over otherwise the gang will kill them all. Unfortunately the homeless dude is a bit of a hide-and-seek champion and has managed to conceal himself in their in home. He's not the only unwelcome guest either, as the daughter's boyfriend has also got inside the house. Sandin is against his daughter going out with this guy because she's a lot younger than him, so the boyfriend decides to convince the father that he's a stand-up guy by engaging him in a firefight. This rarely works as a convincing argument and the gun battle ends with the death of the boyfriend.
Now check out the trailer and wait for The Purge to begin:
What would you do if you had one night of lawlessness?