2013’s The Purge was a fresh and scary premise about an annual night of crimes and killing in the U.S to keep law and order throughout the rest of the year, and this sequel is a solid entry in the franchise.
At first it starts a bit mehhh – the characters aren’t that captivating, the dialogue is slow and the lead, flawed hero the Sergeant (Frank Grillo) isn’t very exciting – but something changes about 40 mins through where we’re suddenly in a contemporary version of Escape from New York (well, LA), The Warriors, Judgment Night and The Running Man. The Sergeant leads a group of non-purgers through the suburbs of LA to survive the night against various would-be murderers. But there’s something more chilling yet to come…
A neat turn is how rich people enjoy the purge, and the group is caught and sold to the elite and they have to enter a killing ground to be hunted down. It’s all very sinister and a bit Society-esque.
From a dodgy start, Anarchy pulls it back and actually becomes a very tense film.
GORE RATING: 2/5
Watch it for: The elite hunting ground
Watch out for: A sharp shooter in the back of a truck