Sequels usually have to tick three boxes: darker, grittier and bigger, and The Purge: Anarchy excels on all these fronts. The lean, mean flick adds further credence to this low-budget, high-return franchise becoming the next big thing. Of particular note, Frank Grillo again establishes himself through blunt charisma and undeniable dedication to raise him above the hapless humans around him.
There are shocks and scares aplenty; when focussing upon this, the film shines. However, when the film attempts to reach for greater themes there’s a surprising lack of brains on show with almost comic jabs towards satire and political commentary.
The Purge: Anarchy achieves two things. At once, more ambitious, slicker and leaner beyond its pay grade through its core idea. However, it falls noticeably short of its full potential with dodgy direction and a completely naive view of society and satire.
CAST: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez
DIRECTOR: James DeMonaco
WRITER: James DeMonaco
SYNOPSIS: A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.