It's almost that time of year again. You know, the one where we lock all our doors while our friends and neighbors commit heinous crimes against each other and strangers?
In "The Purge: Anarchy," an incredibly unlucky couple find themselves with a stalled car just as the sirens wail and a woman's voice warns everyone that the 12 hours of anarchy are about to begin. They've got to make it home without falling victim to the people taking advantage of the yearly purge, a government-instituted time period where citizens are given a free pass on any and all crimes they commit within those 12 hours.
"The Purge" was a surprising hit last summer, grossing over $89M worldwide with a meager $3M budget and mid-level stars Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones"). "The Purge" had an interesting subtext and background that writer/director James DeMonaco didn't fully explore in its brisk 1 hour, 25 minute run time and loosely sketched-out plot. It would have been cool to find out exactly how this weird "holiday" came to be, how it really does affect society psychologically and culturally, and possibly its roots in myth. (Bacchanalias, anyone?)
Details about "The Purge: Anarchy" have been pretty scarce, so other than a few choice bits that star Zach Gilford divulged, this is our first look at how the plot will differ from last year's home invasion thriller. The trailer uses more overt imagery and even "America the Beautiful" as snippets of the mayhem flash onscreen. Although "The Purge: Anarchy" had a very quick turnaround time, and Blumhouse Productions is known for stumbling on a good, cheap idea and riding it into the ground, this could be at least a fun weekend outing. Errr, seeing the movie, that is. Not, like, killing people. That's not okay.
"The Purge: Anarchy" opens on June 20, 2014. It also stars Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams, and Kiele Sanchez.