In The Purge: Anarchy, it’s 2023 and the United States is now under the govern of an elite group of politicians known as the New Founding Fathers of America. Crime in this futuristic USA is virtually nonexistent and the poverty level is less than five percent due to a national holiday known as Purge day, where all crime – including murder – is legal for 12 hours. Cue the dystopia.
In its predecessor, The Purge, various scenarios were explored that included a house security salesman having his home defenses compromised on Purge day while his suburban housewife defends herself against malicious neighbors she once trusted. In Anarchy, similar events are perpetuated to unite a couple (Kiele Sanchez and Zach Gilford) who suffers car troubles in a downtown setting before the holiday kicks off, a Mother and Daughter (Carmen Ejogo and Zoë Soul) who are forced to survive the festivities on the streets due to unfortunate circumstances, and a mysterious father (Frank Grillo) who willingly participates in the annual Purge activities due to his desire for revenge. This unlikely group is formed and the focus of the movie becomes their impending survival.
The Purge: Anarchy takes the kind of risks the first film should have. There’s elements of rebellion against the government from its citizen’s, further insight into the origins of Purge Day and a broader understanding of the government’s involvement in it. Where the first movie explored what Purge day would be like for the wealthy, the sequel gives us perception from the other side. A nearby resident seek murderous revenge on his neighbors for being uncordial. Lower class residents are captured and sold to prominent Purge day participants. Natives become snipers perched atop skyscraper roofs taking out fellow townspeople while attributing these efforts to God and their government. Sibling rivalry takes a violent turn when the law changes to allow murder for 12 hours.
The Purge: Anarchy will do more than speed up your heart rate with thrills and suspense. It spotlights an ugly truth about humanity. Granted, there (thankfully) is no actual Purge-like tradition in our country, but if there was it would probably play out similar to how it does in the movie. People are so quick to react to their feelings. Put them in an environment where they could get away with their inner-most devious thoughts and they’d likely seize the opportunity. Could anyone be trusted in an environment like this? That’s the heightened message of this sequel to the original movie that will engross your mind with these very ideals.
If you’re looking to be scared, there’s a few unexpected elements. But this movie is more of a horror film for the mind than for people wanting to see the type of movie that’ll have you jumping out of your seat. The acting was overall suitable, even when the storyline displayed more nonsensical moments. I thoroughly enjoyed The Purge: Anarchy and would suggest it to people who like movies of this subject matter. Definitely better than the original, it’s a wickedly fun hour and forty four minutes that won’t be a waste of your time.