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Film Review: The Purge: Anarchy

Theatrical Poster for The Purge Anarchy (2014)
The Purge Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy

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It's the year 2028 and crime is almost non-existent. Well, that is except for the annual Purge - a holiday in March when all heinous acts are legal for 12 hours. The Purge: Anarchy once again brings this smart, yet absolutely terrifying, concept back in a sequel that is just as excellent as the original.

What will draw most people in to this horror film is that the Purge concept is unique. Unlike most horror films, the people hunting others are allowed to do it. The absolute panic in this film, along with the fact that this is set no-so-far in the future, leaves you on the edge of your seat for the entire run time. There are incredibly well-written twists, some of which you can guess but others that make you cheer, scream, and pray that this day never becomes a reality.

While all the actors perform well in their given parts, there are some nit-picky casting problems. At one point during the film, the citizens who have come together to survive visit a friend who may be able to lend them a vehicle. This friend is Justina Machado of "Six Feet Under" fame. Machado is obviously very Latina, however her whole subplot focuses on her relationship with her extremely pale, Caucasian sister. While the tension between them is still interesting, it is hard to find it believable because they in no way look related.

While some choices in this movie are hard to believe, the whole idea of the purge draws you into this traumatizing film. Audience members will find themselves intrigued, yet petrified as they root for their favorites to survive the night.