'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

0
0
Subscribe to Frank Grillo alerts

Last year's sleeper hit The Purge was an unusually intelligent thriller starring Ethan Hawke as a security expert whose work is challenged by villains who target him on the one night of the year when laws are suspended and people can express their violent impulses in whatever way they want.

The Purge AnarchyFrank Grillo [R] in 'The Purge: Anarchy'

Set in 2022, the film says that these Purge nights have reduced crime and unemployment by ridding society of undesirables, so the fact that wealthy security-system designer Hawke and his family become the hunted adds a strong irony to the darker political themes.

But of course when the low-budget film became a huge hit, the studio tapped writer-director James DeMonaco for a sequel. The Purge: Anarchy is set one year later, and features at least one cameo from the original cast, but it's otherwise a very different film. Instead of the first film's one-off narrative, this movie feels more like a franchise-starter, taking a far more simplistic approach to the premise by giving everyone on-screen utterly random murderous impulses, except for a handful of heroes the audience can root for (and even they are caught up in thoughts of brutal revenge).

More: read our review of 'The Purge: Anarchy'

With a solid cast of inexpensive B-list actors, this is the kind of movie series that can run and run, as DeMonaco (or whoever takes over when he gets bored) has endless possibilities for scenarios in which people are chased and killed in increasingly violent ways. The irony may be gone, but there's still a slight hint of the rich-poor divide to give moviegoers a sense of wish-fulfilment and hopefully blow off some steam in the process.


Contactmusic

Tags: Frank Grillo

0
0
Subscribe to Frank Grillo alerts
Advertisement

More Frank Grillo

'The Purge: Anarchy' Launches Another Grisly Franchise

Last year's sleeper hit The Purge was an unusually intelligent thriller starring Ethan Hawke as a security expert whose work is challenged by villains who...

The Purge: Anarchy Movie Review

After last year's break-out hit thriller, writer-director James DeMonaco is back with the flip-side of the story, which jettisons the irony and and thematic subtlety...

'The Purge: Anarchy,' What's Next For The Franchise?

The Purge: Anarchy hit theaters this weekend, and it’s the sequel to last year’s monster hit, The Purge, which grossed nearly $90 million with a...

'The Purge: Anarchy' Is Better Than The Original - Which Isn't Saying Much

James DeMonaco's horror flick The Purge was a modest sleeper hit for Universal Pictures in 2013, making over $80 million at the box-office on a...

Advertisement

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

This is the Marvel movie that divides the fans from the casual filmgoers, as the movies become more like a TV series in which the...

Captain America: The Winter Solider Trailer

Steve Rogers has awoken after a deep sleep lasting 70 years following his fight with Nazi adversary the Red Skull during World War II. Things...

'The Purge: Anarchy' Trailer Released: More Scary Killers, A Shakier Premise [Trailer]

Just over a year after the release of The Purge, James DeMonaco will drop the next instalment of the chilling sci-fi thriller, The Purge: Anarchy....

The Purge: Anarchy Trailer

Following the disastrous events in 2013's 'The Purge' which saw a home security salesman murdered in his so-called fortress of a family home, that time...

Advertisement

Comments

Frank Grillo Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Frank Grillo

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All