How do you fix America? By legalizing all crime for one night a year in The Purge trailer

This is one terrifying premise: Lena Headey and Ethan Hawke star in the not-so-distant-future movie of The Purge, where all of America's problems have been solved thanks to the government's decision to legalize all crime for 12 hours once a year. Watch what happens to Hawke and his family during their night of The Purge.


We're a little nervous about this movie because while we're interested in the idea, the trailer feels more like a simple home invasion film. Granted, the family won't be receiving any help from law enforcement, but how is that any different from The Strangers? Let's hope there's more going on than we think.

Here's the official synopsis:

Given the country's overcrowded prisons, the U.S. government begins to allow 12-hour periods of time in which all illegal activity is legal. During one of these free-for-alls, a family must protect themselves from a home invasion.

The Purge will open in theaters on May 31st.



It is a terrifying premise but it is also kind of stupid and makes me ask all kinds of logistic questions: How is it enforced? If you start to kill someone right before the time ends and they take time to bleed to death then am I charged with murder? How did this get passed in the first place? How did the states rights people deal with this government dictate? How does anyone not live in bunkers hiding everything because they are afraid that anyone they know will start casing their place and planning on what to steal all year long?