Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The plot for Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey's The Purge

Universal Studios has released the plot crunch for Platinum Dunes and Blumhouse Productions' thriller The Purge. We haven't talked about the project at all here on the site, so seems like a good time to start.

Here we go: 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 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, and their kids to make it through the night without turning into the monsters from whom they hide.

Sounds like it has potential. The flick is directed by Assault on Precinct 13 and The Negotiator screenwriter James DeMonaco and produced by Jason Blum, who oversaw Paranormal Activity and Sinister.

As we said in the headline, The Purge stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, pictured above, and hits theatres May 31.

Thanks to Shock Til You Drop for the news.

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