The Purge: Anarchy (2014) Horror Movie Review
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The Purge: Anarchy (2014) is an American action horror thriller movie that is the sequel to The Purge (2013). James DeMonaco (The Negotiator, Assault on Precinct 13, Skinwalkers) is the director and writer of this amazing, disturbing movie. James does not have much experience in directing, but he blew me away with both Purge films. The Purge: Anarchy does not contain any nudity or sexual scenes, but it was implied. The movie does contain tons of violence, gory - especially the body in the dumpster, about 20 deaths, bad language, jump scares and frightening scenes with lots of unpredictable suspense. It is a movie that you will want to pay close attention to because you will get attached to the characters and be able to connect with them.
The Purge: Anarchy is more entertaining than the Purge (2013) because it had more suspense, thrills and the director was able to incorporate class hierarchy better in this movie. The Purge: Anarchy introduced us to the outside world and how different people, the poor and rich react to the situation. The upper-class people decide to pray to god for help while some of the lower class people wear a mask and choose her choice of weapon to… The first 20 minutes of the movie was full of suspense and action scenes.
The Purge: Anarchy is about the Annual purge that happened on March 21, 2023. People of all kinds are preparing themselves to either protect themselves or commit violence on purge night. On purge night, people can commit any crime(s) or murder anyone and will not be punished for it.
Introduction to the characters:
Eva Sanchez (Carmen Ejogo - Away We Go, Alex Cross, Pride and Glory) is a waitress that rushes home to her daughter Cali (Zoë Soul) and her terminally ill father before the purge begins. Her father sneaked out of the house and left a note behind stating that a wealthy family had offered him $100,000 to go with them and that money will be transferred to her and Cali’s account after the Purge. Cali is an active naive verbal person who speaks to the group throughout and overstepped her boundaries a few times. She was annoying at times, and I was hoping for her to go first.
Shane (Zach Gilford - Friday Night Lights, The Last Stand, Post Grad) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez - A Perfect Getaway, 30 Days of Night: Dark Days, The Glades) is a crumbling couple that are driving to Shane’s sister home to wait for the purge to finish. Shane and Liz stopped at a store and upon returning to their car, they are greeted and taunted by a man with white face paint and soon after drives away. Thier car stopped working and they are stranded on the street right before the purge began. They cannot kill to save their own lives because they have no killer instincts.
Sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo - The Grey, Minority Report, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) is out to take revenge on the man who killed his son. His generosity of helping to protect the others kept him from pursuing his main goal. Sergeant is a kick ass, cold, withdrawn guy that is skilled in combat and heavily armed. Leo rescues Cali and Eva after seeing them trying to defend themselves from a paramilitary man that is dragging them on the street. Upon returning to the car, they found Liz and Shane hiding in the back seat of the car.
The movie gave its audience a realistic view of the American society. I am hoping the third installment will be even better than this sequel. It is a phenomenal movie that delivers!!! This movie is definitely a must see.
A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.
About The Purge: Anarchy 2014
Starring: Kiele Sanchez, Edwin Hodge, Justina Machado, Castulo Guerra, Dale Dye, Michael K. Williams, Frank Grillo, Jasper Cole, Matt Lasky, Jack Conley, Lily Knight, Zach Gilford, Adrian Sparks, Noel Gugliemi, Nicholas Gonzalez, Zoë Soul, Niko Nicotera, Bel Hernandez, Brandon Keener, Amy Price-Francis, Vick Sabitjian, Wiley B. Oscar, Chad Morgan, Judith McConnell, Rick Chambers, Amy Paffrath, Carmen Ejogo, John Beasley, Keith Stanfield, Roberta Valderrama
Runtime: 103 minutes
Director: James DeMonaco
MPAA Rating: R
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