For Ethan Hawke, one "Assault on Precinct 13" remake isn't enough.
John Carpenter's 1976 genre mini-classic (remade in 2005 with Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in the leads) meets, I dunno, "1984" or something in "The Purge," a film that hands-down has the most ridiculous and offensively cynical premise of the movie year so far.
Ya see, "The Purge" takes place in an alternate world where the U.S. government has managed to bring unemployment down to 1%. Crime is also at an all-time low. How did they manage to turn American into "A Nation Reborn"? By creating an annual holiday in which the law takes a nap and everyone is allowed to kill, steal, rape and pillage -- a 12-hour release for "all the hatred and violence" that people keep up inside them.
From the guys who brought you "Paranormal Activity" and "Sinister."
Apparently, people are basically raging bloodthirsty lunatics just waiting to be unleashed, but luckily Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey (looking a bit out of place wearing, you know, in a sweater and jeans) have a super-duper "Panic Room"-style security system that keeps all the crazies out. They and their kids look to be settling in for a quiet night of reading and Facebook-checking as the rest of the world loses its damn mind outside, but wouldn't you know it, their dumb bleeding-heart daughter lets some poor bastard into the house, which ... well, then it turns into "Assault on Precinct 13," except the masked creeps trying to get in to get the dude talk a lot more than Carpenter's silent gang members.
Universal is dumping this nonsense into theaters on May 31, the week after Hawke's "Before Midnight" offers a quieter alternative to the studio's "Fast & Furious 6" over Memorial Day Weekend. We suggest you stay home and lock your doors.
Check out the trailer below: