Film Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

Also known as: The Purge 2
Release Date: July 17th, 2014 (Israel)
Directed by: James DeMonaco
Written by: James DeMonaco
Music by: Nathan Whitehead
Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Michael K. Williams

Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions, Why Not Productions, Universal Pictures, 103 Minutes


“Get ready to bleed, rich bitches! This is our time now!” – Carmelo Johns

*written in 2014.

While I didn’t like the first movie overall, I did find this one to be better. The main reason for this is that we weren’t trapped in a house with an annoying family with bad guys outside, who didn’t get in to bring the ruckus until the last fifteen minutes of the movie. This film took us outside and into downtown Los Angeles during the annual “Purge” night. We also followed a character played by Frank Grillo, a guy I’ve always liked, who was almost a Punisher type of character. He had an armored muscle car and an awesome arsenal of big guns. He was also former military or a cop but I couldn’t tell which and it really doesn’t matter.

Grillo, as I’ll call him because I don’t remember his name in the film and I don’t care, comes across a few women in trouble during the Purge and takes it upon himself to rescue them. They end up with him throughout the film, as does this annoying married couple that no one who sees this film will care about. Grillo traverses through downtown L.A. while babysitting these people on a personal mission to find the drunk driver that killed his son.

The downside of this movie is that while there was more action than the first, it still felt like there wasn’t enough, as this movie existed in the outside world and not in a closed-in confined space. I expected a lot more balls to the wall chaos.

This film featured two sets of villains: the young punks on dirt bikes with painted faces, as well as multiple semi trucks full of armored troops and a commander with an insane machine gun. The group led by Grillo is trying to avoid both groups of villains and the true intentions of one of the villainous groups is a plot twist that falls flat and thus, reminded me of the uninspiring and lame plot twist in the previous Purge film.

This is a better film than the first one but it still isn’t a good film. It felt like less of a waste of time than the first but I walked away with pretty much no desire to ever experience this movie again. In fact, other than watching a future sequel for potential review purposes, I have no interest in this series.

To rehash what I stated in my review of the original film, the premise isn’t believable and it feels like a adolescent boy’s wet dream – stolen from the diary of a middle school kid. Hell, maybe Hollywood is paying kids to write their movies now because you can pay them in Blow Pops and nudie magazines.

Rating: 5/10
Pairs well with: Any Frank Grillo movie where he is a total badass. So any Frank Grillo movie, really.

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