Three groups of people are trying to survive Purge Night, when their stories intertwine and are left stranded in The Purge trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
|Release Date||:||July 17, 2014|
|Production Company||:||Universal Pictures, Why Not Productions, Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, 5150 Action|
|Production Countries||:||France, United States of America|
|Director||:||James DeMonaco, Jan McWilliams|
|Writers||:||James DeMonaco, James DeMonaco|
|Casts||:||Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Borde, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel Gugliemi, Castulo Guerra, Michael Kenneth Williams, Edwin Hodge, Keith Stanfield, Roberta Valderrama, Nicholas Gonzalez, Niko Nicotera, Judith McConnell, Chad Morgan, Bel Hernandez, Lily Knight, Jasper Cole, Brandon Keener, Wiley B. Oscar, Amy Price-Francis, Vick Sabitjian, Adrian Sparks, Roger Schueller, Matt Lasky, Rowan Alexander, Brad Drake, Dale Dye, Carla Jimenez, Amy Paffrath, Rick Chambers, Branton Box, Brennan Feonix, Jeremy Fitzgerald, Chris Gann, Tammie Baird, Alina Andrei, Cortney Palm|
|Plot Keywords||:||bus, assault rifle, sniper, machete, dystopia, psychopath, sequel, revenge, murder, survival, motorcycle, violence, one day, masked man, apartment, death, survival horror, gatling gun|
The 2013 movie "The Purge" left a bad taste in all of our mouths as nothing more than a pseudo-slasher with a hamfisted plot, poor pacing, and a desperate attempt at "horror." Upon seeing the first trailer for "The Purge: Anarchy," my first and most immediate thought was "we really don't need another one of these." The first film was self-contained and didn't leave any opening for a reasonable sequel. But after seeing a few more commercials and looking into it some more, I decided to give this film the benefit of the doubt and I am NOT disappointed.
The film stands on its own feet much better than the first film did, and mostly because of what it's going for. Instead of trying to be a Horror movie, it becomes a fantastic Thriller/Action film set in a pseudo-apocalyptic future about a group of people trying to survive on a night where it's all-out war on the streets.
A lot of themes are explored -- Human Nature, Fear, Anger, Revenge, Heroism -- in ways that many other movies don't really explore it. And more than that, every small detail is kept in mind throughout the film.
Compared to everything else I've seen so far this year, this is by far the best thriller film to come out. It holds its own and it has a message instead of just being a movie about wanton violence. The action scenes are done well, and the tension is enough to keep interest even in the low parts of the film. Every moment you think is safe leads directly into the next moment of pressure for the main characters, and you can't help but sympathize for the characters who (all but one) don't even want to be stuck out here on this horrid night.
I very highly recommend this film to anyone who likes thrillers or action films with a little bit of psychological horror thrown in.
And a little bit of a tip? Forget everything from the first film. "The Purge" doesn't set up or explain anything that this film doesn't, doesn't add anything to this film, and isn't even worth watching beforehand.
The Purge: Anarchy is a great film in its own right and it's worth watching. My only issue is that the first film couldn't have been more like this.