The Purge: Anarchy

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There’s no mistake that The Purge film series has hit a tone with the public. The film series based on the insane premise that for one day a year, all crime would be legal for 12 hours, including murder. The first film was a simple survival horror film disguised as a home invasion film. The second and the third film opened up the “Purge universe” and showed the craziness of that world where for 12 hours it’s pure anarchy. The film series has grossed more than $314 million.  Turns out, there might be even more in store for the world of The Purge.

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When it comes to the horror genre, a hit isn’t a hit unless said hit spawns a lucrative series or franchise (see, e.g., Halloween, Friday the 13th, Saw). With that in mind, Blumhouse Productions (Paranormal Activity) couldn’t help but rush The Purge: Anarchy (a/k/a The Purge: Night of the Juggalos) a sequel to last year’s surprise box-office hit, The Purge, a sci-fi-inflected, home-invasion thriller written and directed by James DeMonaco. Casting well known names with indie and/or cable cred in Ethan Hawke and Lena Headly helped to elevate an otherwise promising, if ultimately rote, thriller – disappointing given a compelling premise (inspired by an episode, “The Return of the Archons,” from Star Trek: The Original Series, no less), but recognizing the errors and missteps of his ways, DeMonaco swapped out sub-genres – from home invasion to survival horror – to significantly improved results.  (more…)

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I apologize for the bulimia joke in that headline. I am a bad person.

The first Purge movie didn’t actually feature any of the “chaos in the streets” its premise promised, which was my main complaint with the movie as a whole. Other than that, I kind of enjoyed the Ethan Hawke centered home invasion tale, even if I couldn’t figure out why, if all crime is legal for twelve hours, his family’s attackers still felt the need to wear masks (answer: apparently producer Michael Bay thought they’d “look cool”). Thankfully, the second installment in this new franchise seems to be doing away with the single setting and is throwing none other than Frank Grillo (who can also be seen kicking ass and taking names as Crossbones in Captain America: The Winter Solider next week) out into this desolate landscape on a vengeful mission.

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