Monday, July 21, 2014
The Purge: Anarchy
The film mainly centers around a man named Leo (Frank Grillo) as he's shown at home, getting some firearms together, shortly before the annual purge is about to start. As he looks upon a photograph of himself and a young buy who we assume is his son that died, we see he's purposely going out into the city to
I must say that this sequel surpasses the first film threefold. Remembering what I felt was wrong with the original was fully corrected here in this sequel. Don't get me wrong, the first film was a whole different subgenre as it was more of a home invasion type of story, whereas this sequel was something different all together. You can't really call it an action movie, although there are some shoot-outs and some car chase scenes, and it's really not a horror movie per se. I guess the best category I can give this film is a dark dystopian thriller.
In the first film, we only get a taste of what went on outside of the home, seeing news footage that the main
Usually I see something in a film that I can hone in on and complain about, but not with The Purge: Anarchy. From start to finish, I loved this film and thought to myself that I'll certainly buy this one on home media. I never felt that way about the first one and, as it stands, I never bought the Blu-Ray of that one. However, seeing that this sequel doesn't have the number 2 in it, you can treat this as a stand-alone film. With that said, in case you wondered to yourself if you'd needed to watch the first one before watching this one, the answer is no. You get enough info about what the purge is just by seeing the movie trailers, let alone the beginning of the film, so you really don't need to sit through the Ethan Hawke starrer.
With the original, you don't get much of what the purge is about, only that it's a government sanctioned event to rid the country of some of the low-lifes that plague our cities and neighborhoods. In the sequel, the reasoning goes a bit further and has big political and social rationale involved. The first film touched on it a bit, but not as much as it does here.
Director and writer James DeMonaco definitely does it right this time, as he gives us more to see and understand. As I'd said, in the first one, he kept the story isolated and from the point-of-view of characters hiding from the terrible goings-on outside of their safety zone. So the natural progression of this story is to stick us right in the middle of it, seeing the worst of what happens.
Anyway, my final "bit" on The Purge: Anarchy?
A very good film, improving on the original wholeheartedly and with gusto. Frank Grillo positively has the acting chops for the leading man and I'm glad he finally has a film he front-runs. All characters in this sequel are interesting and you really care about what happens to them, because you can't help but put yourself in their position. The sequel takes the great idea from the original and runs with it, full throttle. If you're a sucker for thrillers, this film should not be missed.
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