Friday, July 18, 2014

The Purge: Anarchy

'The Purge: Anarchy' really could have been called 'The Purge: The One We Should Have Made the First Time'.  It's a rare thing when a horror franchise actually improves, and is even more surprising here considering the first one featured a better cast including Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey.  Of course, the first one gets credit for the original and intriguing concept: In the not too distant future, the government has devised a way to drastically reduce crime and unemployment.  For 12 hours a year, you may murder, rape, steal, and basically let your inner beast free without fear of penalty.  With that concept, any number of stories could be told.  Unfortunately, the first one devolved into nothing more than your standard ho-hum home invasion movie.  This one, on the other hand, takes place on the streets where all the action is, with a few groups of unfortunate people looking for shelter all the while crossing paths with various purgers.  It's dark, it's gritty, and it's violent ... basically everything you would expect from The Purge.

Grade: B+

Who is this movie for?  Horror movie fans will get their money's worth.  And you can bet your bottom dollar on another Purge this time next year.

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