A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.
Starring: Frank Grillo, Kiele Sanchez, and Zach Gilford
Written and directed by: James DeMonaco
12 hours to commit all the murder, and mayhem you want! Just imagine all of the chaos that could be created! It was such a great premise for "The Purge," but it ended up being more of a back-story for another home invasion movie. Audiences could only hope they would make a series of improvements in “The Purge: Anarchy.”
Well audiences get improvements with the first being how this movie involves more characters from different areas of the city. Each brings a different perspective on the purge, and creates new angles in the story. There is a young white couple, an African American mother and daughter, and a guy who's out for revenge. Each has their own story line before they end up together, and on the streets.
Yes, that's right, on the streets. The second improvement is the setting. This time around the characters aren't hold up in a house for most of the movie. They are in the worse place to be during the purge. They are forced to fight for survival, as there are several groups of people out there to exercise their right to purge.
This creates probably the biggest improvement, which is injecting it with the aforementioned chaos. The series finally hits on the true idea of the purge. The audience gets to see plenty of action, death, and blood. People hunt down the group in cars, motorcycles, and on foot. They even throw in a surprise trap.
The story in "The Purge" is simple, but audiences should be able to tell that they put more thought into improving the story this time around. It starts with the characters, setting, and chaos mentioned above, but there's more. There's something else going on in regards to the purge, and both the audience and characters are left to figure that out. There are also twists in the story, with some coming from the characters, and their decisions.
Probably the only complaint comes when horror fans might get that "I have a feeling I've seen this before" moment. There comes a point in the story where they try to expand on the rich vs. poor idea they have been building to. As the scene unfolds, it takes fans back to the "Hostel" franchise. It's not a huge deal, but something worth mentioning.
After the announcement of "The Purge: Anarchy" fans probably thought about "The Purge," and wondered if a sequel was necessary. In a rare occurrence, the second installment in this series is better than the original because of a series of improvements. Everything from the characters and their development, setting, creating chaos, and story is done right this time around. All of these improvements lead to a well-deserved 3 pools of blood.