By Christine Caprilozzi
Synopsis: One night a year, all crime – including murder – is legal for 12 hours. A man heads out into the chaos, intent on killing thugs as revenge for his son’s death, but ends up rescuing a stranded couple.
Our Thoughts: This moviegoer loved the original “Purge.” The concept alone plays upon and spotlights every social and economic disparity that currently exists in the United States today. With that said, The Purge: Anarchy held so much promise. The teasers showed the sequel moving from people living in the comfortable suburbs,to the city streets. With “anarchy” being in the title, I was hoping to see utter chaos. If you watched the trailer, you saw every type of thug in a mask wreaking havoc. Instead it was a much toned down effort, which showed a war erupting between the government and a group against the “Purge holiday.”
There were so many great concepts, and elements that went into this film, however, I still feel a big opportunity has been missed here. The movie felt a bit predictable. A lot of the horror elements seemed to be stripped out and it was almost like watching an action movie where the hero survives impossible odds.
One of the aspects that rose to the occasion was the exploitation of the disparity between the ultra rich and the working class, and the governments looking to thin the herd on the backs of the urban working and lower class. Both Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul, also gave stand out performances, which made you actually care about their characters.
While The Purge: Anarchy didn’t appear to deliver on the terror, it is still a decent movie that will keep your attention.
I give it 5 Out of 10 Skulls.