The Purge: Anarchy review

Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama, Horror.
Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul, Michael K Williams, Justina Machado, John Beasley.
Year Of Release: 2014
Certificate: 15 (UK)
Runtime: 103 Minutes
Director: Jason DeMonaco
Synopsis: “A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.” IMDB

Going into this film I had absolutely zero expectations, the first one was such a let down I struggled to even bring myself to watch this one. However the trailers for this had more of the vibe you’d expect for a film set within this world.

The Purge: Anarchy gets rid of all its original cast, thankfully, however they do keep all the elements that gave the first film the potential to be brilliant. A future in which America attempts to keep their criminals in check by allowing them a lawless night once a year. This time around we get a full on free-for-all street massacring world, unlike the first which took place in a rich suburb within one household pretty much.

The basic plot of the film is that Leo (Frank Grillo) is out on a revenge mission which we find out the specifics for late in the film, however even the most basic movie follower can suss out the story early on. Grillo ends up helping and protecting four strangers he meets while out on his own personal “purge” these are Eva (Carmen Ejogo), her daughter Cali (Zoe Soul) and a married couple Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) whose car decided to die on the night of the “purge”.

The film itself is avast improvement on the first, with the first I struggle to even finish it, the second was a thoroughly enjoyable film. Don’t get me wrong it will not go down as an all time great, however it is a fun popcorn flick as they say. It’s surprising how much better it is, considering it is merely a year later it released and written and directed by the same guy Jason DeMonaco. This next part is a !!!SPOILER!!! potentially, in the first film there is a character called “Dwayne” and the actor returns for the second but they do not tell you who it is, he is the guy with the mask on that says “God”.

Overall the film is a clean slate in the universe introduced in the first film, it’s a great Thrill-ride with characters that you can relate to unlike the first. While the film is pretty brutal and gory at times it manages to keep itself from becoming a pure gore flick like you expect may happen.  There were several scenes that could have been incredibly violent and gruesome, however they were rather conserved, leaving you to imagine the brutality which I personally love.

6/10

Chris "The Boss" Wilson

Chris is a self confessed movie junkie, his favourite film is A Nightmare On Elm Street, yes the 84 version obviously!

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