Film Review of The Purge: Anarchy

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Written by Alec McGuire

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This movie takes place nine years into the future’ in the year 2024. In a society where anything and everything is legal once for twelve hours every year. This is called the annual purge, a government-sanctioned, period when ordinary citizens are allowed to do anything illegal including committing murder, consuming illegal drugs, stealing, kidnapping, and firing weapons, without any punishments. The purge was created so that citizens could release their stress by committing illegal actions which will then lead to low crime rates for the remainder of the year. The people who take part in the purge are urged to “have a good cleanse”, while people who look for shelter tell each other to ”stay safe”.

The Purge: Anarchy is a sequel to the first movie called The Purge. The Purge series combines two genres, horror and thriller. You will feel both horror and thrills as the second the movie begins. The film starts off by showing two families getting ready for the purge. In Los Angeles, a waiter rushes home to her daughter Cali and her ill father, Papa Rico. In another scene, a couple named Shane and Liz are driving to Shane’s sister’s house to survive through the purge, but along the way they stop at a supermarket to stock up on some food. Once they get back to their car, a shock of fear goes through them as they encounter an armed and masked gang. At the same time, millions of people across the United States are in deep trouble as they start their dreadful night into the purge.

The plot of this movie is simple. In order to survive in the purge, everyone has to be fearless, brave, powerful, optimistic, provocative, and confident. If you lose any of these characteristics during the purge, you might as well run for your life. Some people purge to release stress but the main reason that people purge is to enact vengeance. The dreadful thing about the purge is that only you can protect yourself. You may be lucky and your friends might be able to help you, but anyone can go behind your back and betray you. When the siren goes off and when the purge begins we start to see the true colors of people and what they hide behind their happy souls. Once the alarm goes off telling the whole United Nations that the purge is over everyone is either crying in sorrow or keeping quiet about what they have done. The cycle of the purge continues on for many years which results in crime and unemployment rates plummeting to 1% and a stronger economy than before.

The actors for this movie were perfectly selected and the setting for the movie was great. The plot is more consistent than that of the first movie. In this movie we get to see the Purge both in the streets and within the confines of the rich. This film was also well-paced. Surprises popped up throughout. The tension-enhancing background music compliments the thrill of the movie.

James Demonaco has directed both movies of the The Purge sequel. The film was released in North America in 3,303 theatres and earned $2.6 million on its opening day. By the end of November of 2014 the movie had grossed $71,962,800 in America and $38,640,199 in other countries with a grand total of $110,603,000. On Metacritic, the film has a score fifty out of a hundred based on thirty-two critics, while on IMDb the film got a score of 6.5 out of 10. On many websites the scores of this movie weren’t very high, but from my personal perspective I would rate this movie 8 out of 10. The idea of this movie is interesting and the intensity deserves more than the scores given above.

The Purge: Anarchy will definitely make you think of what’s to come in the near future. This film will keep you at the edge of your seat from start to finish and your heart will be pounding faster than ever. The movie has many plot twists which reminds us not to trust anyone, even if they’re really close to you. It is your choice to decide who to protect and who to trust.