"THE PURGE: ANARCHY" from Universal Pictures opens Fri., July 18, 2014.
STARRING: Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams.
DIRECTOR: James de Monaco ("The Purge")
SYNOPSIS: A couple (Gilford, Sanchez) finds themselves stuck in chaos on the streets in the middle of the purge, the 12-hour period when all crime is legal. They are two of five people who are forced together to try to survive the night.
Given the subject matter, no one should care about this stupid film. At least not in America where all crime is legal already if you have a good lawyer and a well-rehearsed sob story. The victims get screwed by the criminals and again by a joke of a legal system that protects the rights of the criminal, all the while blaming the victims. Reality is more frightening than this balderdash.
Yet, part one grossed $90 million on a $3 million budget. Part one wasn't even original in its presentation of violence. Nearly every stunt had been filmed at least twice in far better films. Part two is no different except the story is even more ridiculous and the dialogue is so mundane that one is challenged to feel anything for these characters.
Anyway, a great many people will throw their money away on this tripe, most of them having no clue as to why. What could they possibly be looking for? Instruction? Ideas? Something to tell their lawyer if they're backed against a wall? Who knows? It's just further proof that there's no accounting for taste...and this film displays none.