Set to be released in July is The Purge 2: Anarchy. It is the sequel to 2013 film, The Purge. The whole point behind the idea of there being a purge is that one night a year for a 12-hour time period, all criminal-related activity is legal. The first film followed one particular family around, the Sandin’s. It also didn’t fare particularly well with movie critics upon its release, as it received a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. However, the first film was produced with a relatively small budget at $3 million. It appears they have used a much larger budget for the sequel, especially considering how much revenue the first one brought in. Ultimately, I thought the first film was solid, but not terrific, because the story line could of easily been expanded upon.
Can the Sequel Make Up for the Underachieving Original Film?
What I believe will make The Purge 2: Anarchy more successful is the fact that it depicts more viewpoints of people’s experience with the annual event, rather than just one family trying to survive the night. The audience is not stuck in one house, you get to see what really goes on during a purge. It appears there are three primary groups shown in the film. First, Frank Grillo plays a man trying to find the guy who killed his son. While out on his mission, he sees other weaker citizens struggling to get through the purge. This is where he is faced with a huge decision that will ultimately impact the rest of the film. He can choose to either help out some innocent people or continue on with his mission. One group he helps out is a mother, played by Carmen Ejogo, and her daughter, played by Zoe Borde, who were kidnapped from their home. The other group is a couple, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez, whose car died on the highway. Finally, towards the end of the trailer, you see Grillo and the people he has tried to help out being auctioned off to the rich people of the city. There hasn’t been early releases on a definite synopsis, but it does look far more appealing than the original The Purge. After learning from the first one, there is no security system out there that can keep you safe even inside a house, this one lets us get a much closer look inside what it is really like on the outside during the purge. Even if you thought The Purge had way too many dull moments, I recommend checking this one out because it appears James DeMonaco has used a larger budget to be able to expand on what the outside looks like on purge night.
The Purge 2: Anarchy hits theaters on July 18.