The year is 2023 and the “nation reborn” is having another of its annual Purge nights.
However, this year there is a sense of renewal for one assemblage. It’s a new time for the minority group in America. It’s anarchy.
Director James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed ‘The Purge,’ now gives us a second look at the gruesome night and its so-called assistance in reviving the country’s goal to become a more successful nation by legal crime, including murder; to wash out any person who may prevent one from attaining his or her goals or prevent America from moving ahead.
What’s impressive about this franchise is the popularity it has with audiences and the fact that it did well at the box office without any well-known actors starring. None of the main characters from ‘The Purge’ were included in this movie, but change is good and allows the movie-goers to see the yearly event from a different perspective.
We meet characters from a lower income bracket who are struggling with work, those who become targets purely because the attackers could do so, and a man who is deeply committed in seeking revenge. It’s a story filled with emotion that will make you think about the notion of whether or not the Purge could be positive for the nation, or at least that’s what the ‘new founding fathers’ believe.
While there is the expected overindulgence in brutality throughout, there is some focus on the characters’ personal stories which makes the movie a little less intense than the first may have. Some movies center too much on the violence for pure entertainment and shy away from any meaning rooted in the story. Fortunately, it seems DeMonaco stayed away from that and focused on the importance of these people and who they are.
The most inspirational characters and most enticing are the mother and daughter, and the man who saves their lives. Eva and Cali (Carmen Ejogo and Zoe Soul, respectively) are the mother and daughter who are targeted simply because of their lower class status. Therefore, they become victims, but it’s Sergeant (Frank Grillo, ‘End of Watch’), who rescues the women and a young couple. It’s their stories that will have you empathize as humans about what you would do in the worst case scenarios on an ugly ‘holiday.’
For those who are contemplating going to see this movie, know that it's rated R for a good reason. There is an abundance of violence and that should be no surprise. But, if you’re not a fan of gore, this isn’t going to be a problem for you. As opposed to the first movie, 'The Purge: Anarchy' has a bit more of a detailed story which might loosen the stress while watching, as mentioned above. See if you agree a second time around if the Purge does any good for the citizens of America.