If you saw the first movie in this series, titled The Purge, then you pretty much know what you are in for with this sequel, The Purge: Anarchy.
For those of you who have not, the story takes place in a world where once a year all criminal activity is allowed to take place with impunity, giving the criminal element a chance to get “it” out of their system. There are no restrictions on this night. The evil part of our society has their way.
The taglines for the franchise is:
“In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity — including murder — is legal. “
In the first film, we watched as the law-abiding part of society would by security lock-down systems for their homes and how everyone is supposed to lock it down and not open the doors for anyone.
Of course the stupid family member falls for a ploy by a young man outside the house of being in trouble and helpless and well, the film was focused on that family.
This sequel takes the story outside of the home and focuses on a few different focuses of folks either getting stuck outside when the city horns sound, announcing the beginning of ‘The Purge,’ whether it be because some evil guys disabled their car or a lone man on a vengeance trip because of something that happened to his son a year prior.
We watch a young couple get caught outside when the sun goes down while we see various other aspects that have come out of this new practice of purging, where old or sick people get paid to be a ‘kill’ for rich people. The elders death like this, the money is sent to the families.
Of course, this is the perfect night for vengeance. The kind that you will not be held legally accounted for. The only problem is getting to your destination to effect your vengeance. (Now I myself, I would have suited up and been near my destination when the death bell sounds, but in the case of this story, we stayed home and waited to suit up after sundown.)
So I watched the sequel out of curiosity. I skipped it at the theaters only because I have little hope for sequels from mid-performing movies. The first film (starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey) had a budget of an estimated $3M and it pulled in $84M worldwide, $64M of that domestically.
This time around, the sequel had an estimated budget of $9M and it pulled in $106M worldwide ($72M domestically).
James DeMonaco directed the first film also directed this sequel and is lined up for the third film. Yes… a third flick. This franchise is getting legs like the Saw , Paranormal Activity, or the Freddy and Jason franchises.
The Anarchy cast includes Frank Grillo (Captain America The Winter Soldier), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Zach Gilford (Friday Night Lights TV series), Michael Kenneth Williams (Robocop) and more.
This time around, without giving away too much, we have learned that not enough people are partaking in the purge and there is a highly organized group with armored teams and sleek looking tractor trailers roaming the city. Oh who could that be?
Well… I’ll let you find that out for yourself if you ever decide to watch the flick.
The Purge: Anarchy has a mix of evil, good, innocent and opportunistic players, along with a begrudging hero of sorts. Surprisingly, the movie did not suck. It’s not for everyone but the story is good enough to get you frustrated for some characters situations and personalities.