As it goes with sequels – especially in the horror genre – The purge: Anarchy is bigger, louder and contains a lot more action.
Truth be told: the movie ain’t exactly a horror movie because, like its predecessor, there’s hardly any blood to be found and even less amounts of gore. This is good, because the movie doesn’t need it. It gets its fights and frights from a much more sinister source.
The reason why the Purge-movies work so well is because they go back to the basics of humanity. Violence. There’s no superheroes to save us, no police and not even a hospital that’ll treat our wounds. Not on Purge-night!
For twelve consecutive hours, it’s all about survival of the fittest. It’s all about releasing your deepest inner basic instincts. That means fear, anger and bloodshed!
Unlike the first movie which centered in a single house, The purge: Anarchy plays outdoors. We finally get to see how things deteriorate in the dark, empty streets where snipe shooters take out innocent victims, women are raped or beaten to death and everyone else is burnt alive or stabbed to death.
Though the movie doesn’t really show any painful images (there’s talk of women not being safe, but no woman in this movie is physically abused on-screen), the overall atmosphere is gruesome and creepy … and that’s how we like it!
The story is pretty much the same, although it doesn’t focus on one family but rather a group of people being left outside in the cold. The only one to protect them is a tough military man with his own agenda who somehow ended up babysitting the pitiful lot.
The role of the Sergeant is played by actor Frank Grillo whom you might remember from his breakthrough performance as Nick Savrinn in Prison Break or his awesome fighting superhero abilities in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
He plays the part with the necessary moxie (that’s a fancy word for toughness) and spunk, but also shows us a fragility of fear and doubt … making his character the most interesting one of them all, by a milestone.
The rest of the cast is hardly worth mentioning, though the performance of the caring mother by Carmen Ejogo should not be left unmentioned. She’s not just a pretty face to look at, but gives the movie that little bit of extra character.
What makes The purge: Anarchy a slightly better movie than part 1 is how there’s more action. The masks of the villains are way cooler.
The destruction and carnage raging through the streets looks completely authentic. It’s just a pity that this movie has a slightly less intriguing storyline … though there’s a surprise or two waiting for you at the end of the movie.
Whichever way you slice it, The purge: Anarchy is the kind of entertaining thriller-horror movie that never goes overboard with showing gore or death. The movie keeps its focus on the grisly atmosphere … and the creepy characters counting down the minutes, so they can finally purge!
Did you know?
Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez, who play a married couple, are a married couple in real life.
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The purge: Anarchy is the second movie in the trilogy (thus far) and bigger in every way. The deaths are more elaborate. The destruction on the streets is more plentiful. The masks of the bad guys are like open season for Halloween. The creepy darkness of not knowing what lies around the next corner and the total freedom of crazy people killing at will is very well portrayed in this intelligent action-thriller.
The purge: Anarchy is many things, but a horror movie it’s not! There’s hardly any blood and almost no shock value in terms of bloodshed or on-screen gore. But the movie doesn’t need it. This is not about watching a guy getting ripped apart by machetes. This is a movie about the corruption of a nation that’s allowed people to kill at will. In that sense, it’s a bit of a drama taking a stab (pun intended!) at our own reality where we are confronted with violence on the news, on a daily basis.
However you look at it, The purge: Anarchy is an entertaining action-thriller, though slightly more simple in storytelling compared to part 1. It’s basically a movie where you can see people shooting down other people for the greater part of an hour and a half …