The Purge: Anarchy
When I watched The Purge in 2013 - The director envisaged it as "a politically subversive indie that would play in small Art Houses” – it was a sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office and I loved it. The simplicity of the concept and its powerful social implications had me wishing I had thought of it myself.
The fascinating premise of a 12-hour annual period when murder is legal and sanctioned by the government now called The New Founders Fathers of America was inspired. In this movie world they have discovered a way to reduce crime to negligible levels due to the country's yearly 12 hours of complete anarchy when any crime was permitted . The Purge allowed the human need for evil and destruction to be vented, at one ultraviolent period in the year.
So the challenge was set for of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter and The Purge: Anarchy is a worthy successor.
The story follows two groups of people - a single mother and her daughter, and a married couple having relationship challenges and who inadvertently get caught outside when the Purge begins. The path of all these separate groups converge on our hero with no name: Strong, silent type who knows how to use a gun but whose intentions you figure are to do with revenge.
The premise has echoes of George Romero's classic zombie movies as a group of strangers band together on the streets of Los Angeles amidst the blood- curdling horrors of the Annual Purge. The environment is rendered superbly, with a strong sense of paranoia pervading every space the characters inhabit. Together, they may have a chance of survival against government sponsored kill teams and profiteers who are scooping up innocent and guilty alike for the rich who also have a constitutional right to Purge.
The American Gun Lobby may hate this film because of how gun ownership is portrayed and the idea that The Purge affects the poor more than it does the rich could make a lot of people uncomfortable. This is especially evident at the films denouement when Michael K Williams attacks the New Founding Fathers with some brothers with payback on their minds. With all that in mind, it’s a vision I personally believe is not too far from possibility. That’s why it works.
It may be a look into the window of a violent and grim future but The Purge: Anarchy thoroughly entertains and has loads of untapped potential for the franchise's future installments. I’m a fan.
What you waiting for family? Go see it.