In the not-so distant future, domestic society has apparently achieved peaceful co-existence by setting up one 12-hour period every year when all crime is legalized. Writer-director James DeMonaco (the screenwriter of The Negotiator and the remake of Assault on Precinct 13) reteams with Ethan Hawke (Precinct 13) who toplines The Purge as the father of a family under siege during one of these purge periods.
The premise promises lots of tense action with horror elements likely to strike greater fear in the hearts of audiences because the threat is not some monstrous fiend; rather what we have to fear is a dark strain of human nature. Now in theaters. (R) Not screened in time for review