Directed by: James DeMonaco
We are not going to mince words here. We hated the first film, and we’ve already shared our feelings about why we thing that this film is every bit as moronic as it is based on a defective and insanely idiotic premise. That even through Koch brother-level political antics that something as fundamentally unsound and deeply flawed politically ideology as having one night a year where all forms of violence and depravity can be perpetuated without any consequence or reparations is unbelievably stupid; making this film the badly-conceived, and horribly written violent, splatter-punk equivalent of torture-porn.
The nonsensical concept of this foolishness is that the New Founders of America have instituted a new practice (now in its sixth year) that the citizens of the U.S. of A. should celebrate their annual right to Purge themselves of all their animalistic emotions, giving us “the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy.” *PPFSZT! Yeah, like that is gonna fly (“Hey Joe, I totally killed your son, burned down your house, raped your wife, shot your dog, and shattered both of your arms, but hey, that was last night during the Purge, you want to go out for beers on Saturday?”) Who thinks that is going to work?
No while this crap might be fun (for some twisted souls) to watch on the big screen, the probability of it occurring is so remote that we are more likely to believe that a man could fly, an alien invasion, zombies, or even the complete and total innocence of Richard M. Nixon than in something as abysmally stupid as this. Needless to say, the complete absurdist nature of the so-called plot pulled us so far past the suspension of belief that we simply couldn’t enjoy this film on any level. Yeah we totally know that it cost a buck-and-half to make and will rake in a boat-load of cash, and that they are already talking about a third film, but that still doesn’t stop it from being crap.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.