The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy

James DeMonaco (2014)

99min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Writer/director James DeMonaco returns to expand on the provocative premise for 2013's The Purge - that for 12 hours on one day each year, all crime goes without punishment. But whereas the first film was essentially a watchable siege movie (in the mould of Assault on Precinct 13), this incident-packed sequel has more in common with the run-for-your-life thrills of The Warriors and Hard Target. Also, instead of one well-to-do family under attack, here it's a soon-to-separate couple, a single mum and her daughter, and a tooled-up loner (Frank Grillo) who are on the downtown streets at the mercy of paramilitaries, masked biker gangs and other loons eager to "release the beast". There's a lot more action, the rich v poor subtext is writ large (the wealthy have a private club for hunting and slaughtering victims) and Grillo (Captain America: the Winter Soldier) proves he's got what it takes as a taciturn tough guy. By the end, it's evident that an intriguing idea might be stretching itself a little too far, though that hasn't stopped the release of second sequel The Purge: Election Year in 2016.

Summary

A woman, her daughter and a couple are lost on the streets during a dangerous annual night when all laws are suspended. A gun-toting loner comes to their aid and fights to protect them, while also plotting to take advantage of the situation to pursue a murderous mission of his own. Horror sequel, starring Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogo.

Cast & Crew

Sergeant Frank Grillo
Eva Sanchez Carmen Ejogo
Shane Zach Gilford
Liz Kiele Sanchez
Cali Zoë Soul
Carmelo Michael Kenneth Williams
Tanya Justina Machado
Big Daddy Jack Conley
Papa Rico John Beasley
The Stranger Edwin Hodge
Director James DeMonaco
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Jul 2014
Drama