Ethan Hawke has been stretching his acting muscles lately. Last year he was the unlikely star of the ultra scary horror film Sinister. Additionally in 2012 we saw him get back to his roots in the final leg of Richard Linklater’s Oscar-nominated trilogy Before Midnight. Well, following on the heels of Hawke’s against-type roles in films like Daybreakers and Sinister comes The Purge, an odd duck of a horror film that looks like a strange mix of The Hunger Games and the mounting tension of John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 (as well as the remake that starred Hawke).
Anyway, have a look at the official Apple trailer and see if you’re game for The Purge…
In an America wracked by crime, the government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity—including murder—is legal. The police can’t be called. Hospitals suspend help. It is 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.
Directed by James DeMonaco (writer of Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator), The Purge is produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister), Platinum Dunes’ partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (The Amityville Horror, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), as well as Sébastien Kurt Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13). The Purge is set for release this Spring on May 31st, 2013.