One of the smaller science fiction movies coming out this summer is The Purge. From producer Michael Bay and starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, The Purge will garner curiosity due its extremely high concept.
Set in the year 2022, the United States is an idealized dystopian future where the crime and unemployment rates are hitting an all time low because of one event that happens every year called “The Purge.” During this 12-hour time span, everything goes. Crimes and murders go unpunished as the authorities turn a blind eye, so Americans can get their rage and anger “out of their system.” Universal released an “Ultraviolent” clip that gives audiences a taste of the gruesomeness in The Purge.
The Purge was supposed to be released on May 31st, but Universal pushed the release day back one week to coincide with the actual date of The Purge free-for-all event in the dystopian film, a smart move if you ask me. It’s very unclear how well The Purge will do in theaters, genre fans will flock to this film, but will it translate to general audiences. If the film does perform well enough, I can easily see The Purge being an annual movie event released summer after summer.
The Purge follows the affluent Sandin Family who has decided not to participate in The Purge, but rather seal themselves off from the violence outside. But when their dumbass kid let’s in a stranger who is trying to find a safe haven from The Purge, the Sandins get caught up in the mayhem they were hoping to avoid this year. The trailer suggests The Purge will be something like Wes Craven’s The Last House On The Left or Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring.
The Purge is released on June 7th. Watch the trailer below: