The Purge: Anarchy


In this dark sequel, ordinary citizens do their best to survive during an annual 12-hour amnesty when any criminal act can be committed.

Year: 2014
Certificate: 15
Director: James DeMonaco
Starring: Carmen Ejogo, Justina Machado, Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Zoë Soul, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Castulo Guerra, Noel Gugliemi, Michael Kenneth Williams

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In the 2013 film The Purge, we see an America that has found a solution to the increasing poverty and violence. The New Founding Fathers (the creators of this new utopian USA) create The Purge: one night where anything goes for 12 hours between 7pm and 7am, all crime is legal. Whatever your desire, robbery, murder, even rape, carries no consequence. This allows the weak to be removed from society therefore freeing up valuable resources for the stronger, smarter people who manage to survive.

We follow three groups of people. First we are introduced to ‘Sergeant’ (Frank Grillo) who is clearly preparing to purge using the large array of weapons he has. Then we are introduced to Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and Cali (Zoë Soul), a mother and daughter who are just trying to get through the night and finally we meet Liz (Kiele Sanchez) and Shane (Zach Gilford) a couple who are on the verge of a breakup whose car is sabotaged by a group who is clearly setting up their prey in preparation for the commencement of The Purge.

As always, no spoilers here but they all need each other to get through The Purge one way or another.

In ‘The Purge’ the story focuses on one family in one house. In ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ we get to see what happens on the streets during the annual event. This change means the film is pretty good. It’s well paced and just the right balance between action and horror – after all this is a horror film.

The characters could have been fleshed out a bit more but I guess the filmmakers wanted to get straight to the point and they manage to do it pretty well.

There are a couple of twists just to keep the viewer guessing and it answers a few of the questions I had after the first film such as “is it only middle class people who go out and purge?” and “how does the government ensure that The Purge is actually helping?” After all, that’s the point, right?

If you enjoyed the first “The Purge” you’ll enjoy “The Purge: Anarchy” even more. But remember, The Purge isn’t real!

Does ‘Sergeant’ go through with his revengeful purge? Do the rest survive? You’ll have to watch to find out!

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