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Writer/director James DeMonaco crafts the next terrifying chapter to his highly successful thriller ‘The Purge’ in his newest motion picture, ‘The Purge: Anarchy.’

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In the film, the New Founders of America invite citizens to participate in the yearly twelve hours of anarchy exercising their annual right to create mayhem and murder so that they may have enough resources for the growing population. Those participating in The Purge, cull the populace through any means necessary in order to keep the public numbers down. The result is a night of pure terror for the hunted residents.

In 2023, five strangers are stranded on the streets of Los Angeles on the night of The Purge. As their paths cross, they are forced to work to together to stay alive. The group is comprised of Sergeant (Frank Grillo), the unofficial leader of the group who unlike the others of his rag tag party is out on this night voluntarily, Eva Sanchez (Carmen Ejogo) and Cali (Zoë Soul) a mother and daughter who have fled the safety of their apartment building, and Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) a married (soon-to-be-separated) couple whose car is disabled.

But, al is not equal in the allocation of purge rights. The New Founders of the America allow the government and those who are more fortunate than the average citizen, to conduct private purges. For example, when the number of participants in the yearly ritual is low, the regime sends out hit squads to eradicate citizens. The ruling body also allows the rich residents to hold purge parties where the host allows his guest the opportunity to participate in a private purge within the safety of the festivities.

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is an action-packed thriller with very dark undertones. It is also a harsh look at humanity and society’s survival of the fittest and the government’s blind eye to the disparity between its citizens. It examines the different aspects of the night filled with disorder and expands its impact on different factions within city.

Unlike its predecessor where citizens were relegated to victims of the yearly prescribed event, this sequel includes the formation of a group of urban revolutionaries who fight to stop this outdated ritual. They are the counter offensive to the rich, the government, and the deadly roving band of citizens.

Frank Grillo whose last stint was in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier ‘portrays Sargent. He is the de facto leader who is on a mission to right a wrong committed against his family. Unlike his fellow travelers, he is well equipped (even his car has armor) to be out on this deadly night. Grillo’s performance fiercely conveys the complexity of this tragic character who is trying to overcome a loss combined with his resolve to carry out his mission as he fights his own personal demons.

Carmen Ejogo who portrays Eva Sanchez delivers a solid performance of a mother who is trying to make ends meet and the devastating effect The Purge has on her family. Eva will do anything (even lie) to get her family off the streets safely. Yet, it is Cali, who is the voice of humanity as they struggle to stay alive.

The cast includes Frank Grillo (‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier ‘), Carmen Ejogo (‘Alex Cross’), Zach Gilford (‘The Last Stand’), Kiele Sanchez (‘The Glades (TV Series), and Michael K. Williams (‘Robocop’).

‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is an exciting and suspense filled motion picture that highlights the underbelly of an inhumane society. It is Rated R for strong disturbing violence, and for language. It has a run time of 103 minutes. It opens in theaters July 18th.

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