I am a huge fan of horror and thriller films. I was beyond excited to attend the advance screening of The Purge: Anarchy. Just like everyone else, I questioned whether or not it would live up to the expectation that it will be as good or better than the first Purge film. Happy to say that I was impressed. Not only was the film very good, it had a great storyline and there was an underlying message which I believe many will appreciate. The Purge: Anarchy is not for the faint of heart. If you’re a fan of action and blazing gunfire, then this is the movie for you!
I attended The Purge: Anarchy advance screening at Regal Cinemas E-Walk Stadium 13 RPX Movie Theater, in New York City. When I entered the theater it was packed to capacity. People anxiously glanced at the time on their phones, waiting for the film to begin. I overheard numerous attendees say that they refused to make a last minute restroom and food run, in fear that they will miss the beginning of the film!
When the film began, the lights dimmed and the entire audience went quiet instantly. You could hear a pin drop. Within the first 10 minutes of the film there is comedic material, which wasn’t expected since it’s a thriller. However, I appreciated that it didn’t start off with a cheesy love scene or instant bloodshed, like most films in this genre tend to do. The change was refreshing. The movie takes place on the streets of Los Angeles, CA. Unlike the first Purge film, in which all of the action happened within one home. This new setting intensified the amount of action and weaponry used. Imagine warfare similar to the infamous “Call Of Duty” video game, happening in your neighborhood. That is what you can expect when watching this film.
Although three storylines occurred it was very easy to follow all of them and they made sense. There weren’t any random characters or boring scenes that would make you say “Who is this person” or “Wake me up when something exciting happens”.
The Purge: Anarchy is packed with nonstop action, constant blaring of gunshots, loud sirens, and even explosions from grenades. The RPX/3D movie screen and surround sound made everyone feel as though we were with the characters, on the same battle field. People constantly jumped in their seats and grabbed onto their friends and loved ones for comfort.
At times, I was able to sense when “something” was about to occur but I still cringed from the anticipation of waiting for it to happen. The background music set the mood perfectly throughout the entire film. I overheard a woman sitting behind me say to her significant other “Oh my gosh my heart is racing”.
All of the co-stars, Frank Grillo (Sergeant), Carmen Ejoogo (Eva), Zach Gilford (Shane), Kiele (Liz), Zoe (Cali), John Beasley (Papa Rico) and Michael K. Williams (Carmelo) did a great job. As expected some of the characters die. While watching the film, you develop a likeness to them and their storylines, so when some of them do not make it to the end, you will be highly upset (just a warning). Audience members were not happy with some of the characters’ departures and yelled out “No way!”, “That’s crazy”, “Ohh no”.
The ending of the movie wasn’t necessarily shocking but was indeed exciting. Believe me, you will be very happy!
If I were to rate this film I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. I believe it is definitely better than its predecessor. The action was great, the storylines made sense, the weaponry was awesome, and the ending was perfect. Why not give 5 out of 5 stars? As stated above, at times I was able to predict the outcome in some of the scenes. Again, I am a frequent movie goer and mostly watch horror/thriller films. So that may have some influence in being able to “sense” that.
The Purge: Anarchy is not a “scary” horror film. Do not expect to see zombies, ghosts, or people getting massacred with chainsaws. However, it is every bit of a thriller and worth the money. I recommend seeing The Purge: Anarchy in RPX/3D (regal premium experience) cinemas, instead of the standard 2D. The images are crystal clear and the action is definitely intensified!
The Purge: Anarchy is directed and written by James DeMonaco. It hits theaters Friday, July 19.