The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy’ is the sequel to the 2013 released movie ‘The Purge’. Even then I found the idea of this world interesting, although the execution had not succeded. In contrast to it’s predecessor, ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ is bigger and more spacious. I’m not sure yet, whether it’s better. The sequel primarily wants to expand the world and the universe of ‘The Purge’. To this end, ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ follows three, at the beginning independent storylines. We experience the “Purge” from different perspectives, which in my opinion is an improvement to it’s single-sided predecessor. ‘Anarchy’ wants to make severeal things better, you can see that. But sadly I’m missing, here, too, the affinity for this world. The protagonists are interesting and likeable, especially Mark Grillo’s character. But neither do they focus strongly enough on the characters and their stories, nor do they go deep enough into detail, should they be the center of attention. They emphasize to much on action and violence. In my opinion, the movie was strongest, whenever it devoted itself to it’s characters. In some places the movie lacked some sort of humanity. I understand the purpose of the “Purge” and that this world and society is different from ours. But every person seemed to be a potential murderer, which was a little too extreme and over the top, in my meaning. Up to a certain point, I was able to overlook that, but after the second third the film lost me over it’s ridiculous Hostel-like story twist. The politics behind the “Purge” is only mentioned briefly and seemed more or less misplaced.

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I can see the potential and I’m actually fascinated by the universe, but in the end the movie didn’t live up to my expectations. I really hope that the third part ‘The Purge: Election Year’ (coming out this year) will be able to fill the gaps. Therefore I can not say that I’m already tired of this franchise. Even though the story wasn’t able to blow my mind both times, I still like the concept and look forward to visiting ‘The Purge’, yet again.