News and Tribune

June 4, 2013

Movie preview: “The Purge”


Rated: R for strong disturbing violence and some language

Running time: 1 hr 25 min

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder

Plot: 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.