'Wouldn't it be great if we could get one free murder a year we could get away with?" This is the question director James DeMonaco's wife asked one fateful evening after they were almost killed by a drunk driver. Recounting the event with a chuckle and the safety of hindsight, DeMonaco assures us that his wife, who's a doctor, is actually a very good person and that she just said that in a fit of "anger and emotion". However, he admits the idea was to stick in his head for a long time.
The Purge Starring Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder. Directed by James DeMonaco.
Five years later he turned that thought into The Purge, a home-invasion thriller written and directed by DeMonaco which opened in Thailand this week. The film is set in a 2022 version of the United States where for one night every year all criminal activity becomes legal. Because of the annual 12-hour purge period, the nation's crime and unemployment rates hit an all-time low, and the homeless and unprotected are killed with impunity.
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