‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer #2: Survive the Night

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James DeMonaco’s The Purge has some interesting social commentary aspects, which are married to a stock home invasion B-movie narrative; depending on how you look at, the film’s either a smart thrill ride (despite the pulpy elements) or its semi-philosophical aspects are overshadowed by horror genre conventions (read our review, for our take).

This year’s sequel The Purge: Anarchy – also written and directed by DeMonaco – revisits the premise of a dystopian future America where all crime is legal for 12 hours on an annual basis, but expands the playing field to encompass an entire city rather than a single household. That move not only allows for world-building within the film’s alternate-reality setting, it also means the second Purge installment can broaden its focus to more than one set of characters.

We’re already seeing that with the film’s marketing. The first trailer for Purge: Anarchy focuses on the couple played by Zach Gilford (Devil’s Due) and Kiele Sanchez (The Glades), whose car ends up breaking down on – of course – the annual Purge night, stranding them in the middle of a city where those who aren’t hiding away are running around its streets, on the prowl to draw blood.

The newly-unveiled full-length theatrical preview for the Purge sequel touches briefly on Gilford and Sanchez’s dilemma, but primarily focuses on the character played by Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier), who’s on a personal quest for vengeance on Purge night. Of course, as we see in the new trailer, having a conscience in an environment where most people are looking to murder and/or otherwise harm anyone they can get their hands on… well, that presents its own problems.

purge 2 anarchy traiper The Purge: Anarchy Trailer #2: Survive the Night

Purge: Anarchy, in typical movie sequel fashion, appears to be bigger and louder than its predecessor; by moving the action into a larger sandbox, however, DeMonaco could also manage to present some intriguingly different moral/ethical dilemmas relative to the first installment – or, failing that, at least a few worthy nightmarish scenarios (see: victims being auctioned off to the highest bidder).

Question is, will the Purge sequel be all the smarter for it – or will blowing the doors wide open in this film only compound the dumber aspects of the original movie? It could go either way, so let us know what you’re predicting in the comments, based on the trailer footage shown thus far.


The Purge: Anarchy is slate to open in U.S. theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. 0:20 wait… that I know who that is! Why would any one wanna kill Garrus Vakarian? He’s a bad ass!

  2. The first movie was aw welcome surprise. This looks like it will be good. I’ll definitely see this in the theater.

  3. I dont get how any of these gangs form on the night, how can you trust the lunatic next to you wont just kill you, how do they form targets, just whoever looks normal?

  4. The first film was god-awful. Why someone would give their money to someone else to fund another is beyond my understanding.

    If you enjoyed the first, chances are you’re a simpleton, or lack the ability to process a cohesive thought pattern.

    • well, I’m no simpleton and I enjoyed the first one. It’s a movie, ya know? you go to those places called a theater to suspend belief for 2 hours.

      • You’re the reason this sequel happened.

      • The Purge was stupid pretentious idiocy that thinks it’s intelligent and scary. Instead it was a didactic film with characters lacking common sense. Suspension of disbelief has NOTHING to do with The Purge being a crap film. I enjoy films like Star Wars and Lord of the Rings, so hopefully you can comprehend why suspension of disbelief is one of the worst defense you could use.

        • Did you really just fault a horror film for incorporating characters who lack common sense?

          Then you go and use Star Wars and Lord of the Rings as your examples of enjoyable movies as if there aren’t major plot holes and idiotic decisions made by characters in them.

    • it’s easy. Hollywood does not listen to feed back threw reviews. The feed back they listen to is threw money.

    • I feel the same with regards to the first one, what got me interested was the trailer as I thought it was a good concept, but the movie turned out to be too predictable which was really disapointing because it had potential to be great!

    • If you feel the need to call others simpletons and insult their intelligence it only proves that you yourself are of small mind. If you didn’t like the first movie then keep the comments about it. You cannot speak as to another’s state of mind. If you prefer Darth Vader and the Muppets or Wizards and dragons that’s your world. Fantasy no matter what the genre is a personal choice. I enjoy many kinds of films including fantasy, horror, comedy, and drama; I don’t have a problem with coherent thought and feel no need to insult someone’s movie choice. Keep your thoughts on the movie please not someone else’s state of mind.

  5. If the Purge were real, I’d hide in the theater showing The Purge: Anarchy. I’d be safe and alone there.

    • +1

  6. Crossbones vs The Purge lol

  7. Looks entertaining as hell, sign me up.

  8. This looks like what the first film trailers promised total anarchy in the streets and not a home invasion movie. This looks better than the god awful first one.

  9. Kinda reminds me of V FOR VENDETTA.

  10. I honestly believe that it`s gonna become just another straight to dvd franchise like saw or hellraiser. Will be getting dumber and cheaper with each and every instalment.mark my words.

    • Consider them marked.


  12. This sequel is what the first installment should have been. I remember being so disappointed by the first installment as I thought the concept was very intriguing yet the execution fell (way) short. According to reviews, many critics felt the same as me. Seems like the artists behind this sequel listened to the critics and made better use of a concept with high potential. The trailer for the sequel has changed my mind about refraining from supporting following films. I am excited to give this concept a fresh start.

  13. I was so disappointed in the first one, with the home invasion it felt more like a drama than a good, creepy horror movie, this one looks like it’ll fulfill what I expected the first time around.

  14. my but chicks are so big

  15. It seems odd that if all crime is legal everyone is focused on murder and not stealing large amounts of wealth seems odd