The Purge

Edwin Hodge is one of those many black actors who's been working steadily in the business for years (in his case the last 16 years) in films and television, racking up an impressive resume of some 50 roles, though he has yet to break out in a stand out part. But it's not for lack of trying.

Maybe his latest role in Universal Pictures’ suspense thriller The Purge, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, could be that role. Can’t really tell from the trailer since he only appears briefly in it, though he plays the catalyst for what happens in the film.

The premise is a rip-off of those intruders-in-the-house films that you've seen before such as Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs, Last House on the Left (both versions) and The Strangers but with a unique twist.

Set sometime in the near future when America has become an utopia with practically no unemployment or crime…almost. The catch is that once a year, crime is allowed without any punishment as a way of people "purging" themselves of their baser instincts hence the title. (Though the film was originally entitled Vigilandia)

Those who are fortunate and financially well off can afford to seal themselves off from the rest of the world until one day, for one family, the outside world breaks in.

Judging from the trailer it looks all very intense and very nasty which means, of course,  I can’t wait to see this.

The film opens on May 31st