‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer: No Time for Heroics

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James DeMonaco’s 2013 horror hit The Purge established a dark vision of America where, for one night of each year, the only rule is that there are no rules. Citizens are free to rob, murder and rampage across the country without any fear of repercussions, and it works as a perfect way to work out old grudges and keep the population down.

This year’s sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, establishes a new rule, albeit an unofficial one: being nice to people on the night of the Purge is absolutely taboo. The Sandin family learned this lesson the hard way after letting a fleeing victim inside their home, and in The Purge: Anarchy grieving father Leo (Frank Grillo) finds things going badly wrong after his revenge plans are derailed by a decision to try and save mother and daughter pair Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and Cali (Zoe Soul) from masked marauders.

The Purge: Anarchy looks like a thoroughly unpleasant watch, as is to be expected of a movie that is designed to showcase humanity at its very worst. Somewhat paradoxically, a lot of the “anarchy” on display seems to be organized, such as the disturbing auction house in which the wealthiest members of society bid for the chance to purge some ripe, hand-selected victims. It looks like the themes of class warfare from the original movie are definitely going to be making a comeback.

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Much like Paramount’s other major horror franchise, Paranormal Activity, The Purge and The Purge: Anarchy both use a basic premise and formula that could continue to be recycled for many movies to come. Provided there’s no Hunger Games-esque uprising that puts an end to the Purge, the studio could potentially make a dozen more movies, each focusing on a Purge night in different locations across America.

Whether The Purge: Anarchy will be as financially successful a follow-up as Paranormal Activity 2 or whether the formula will end up lacking the stamina to survive remains to be seen, but DeMonaco’s first movie was definitely strong enough to warrant giving this sequel a watch. It’s also a good chance to see Grillo back in action while we wait for Captain America 3.


The Purge: Anarchy opens in U.S. theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. I gotta say I love me some Frank Grillo. He’s always solid casting in each of his roles. As much as this seems like a typical horror film, this concept is definitely a clever one and allows the plot to go to some creative places for sure. Still want to see if the first one was any good.

  2. looks excellent…So looking forward to this movie. I just hope that they dont try to go hunger games and resolve it by uprising or revolting. that would make this movie lame and defeat the purpose.

  3. Frank Grillo would have made an excellent actor to play Punisher

    depending when the Punisher comes back to the screen big or small – it would be cool to give Thomas Jane another shot at the role

    • omg I was literally thinking that too as I was watching him step out of the armored car with a black trench coat. I absolutely loved Tom Jane as Punisher but the plot was what made the movie less then great but still way better then that other warzone punisher. Still if not another Tom Jane then I agree if Marvel decides to reboot Punisher this guy would be good..although he is already Crossbones so Punisher would have to not be apart of the marval cinematic universe or it would not work one actor playing two characters in the same universe.

  4. Oh look another movie with the white hero trope

  5. Promoting limits on human population…..really? That’s just pathetic, there is no logical reason to limit the population of us.

    • Actually by “purging” parts of the population especially those who don’t contribute and only take would be for the betterment of the country financially. but heck that would be crazy as sh1t if that ever happened lol.

      • Perfectly said!!

    • I hope you are being sarcastic. There are plenty of logical reasons that the human population should be limited. For example..


      • +10000000001

      • I believe we’ve heard before that we’re on the verge of collapse any day now back in 1968. Paul Erlich was so completely off-base it’d be laughable if not for the number of people that still cling to the same concept.


  6. I stopped watching the first one after 30 minutes, but this one looks a lot better and I like Frank Grillo too.

  7. I can’t wait for July 18th! Be sure to like my FB page

  8. I was lucky enough to see a preview – all I can say is SEE THIS MOVIE! I can’t wait till the 18th to see it again.
    Cast is great, story line is edge of you seat – Bravo Mr. DeMonaco, well done!