In the follow up to one of 2013’s most successful horror hits and things get a little anarchistic. Looking to establish a more layered approach to the story, an un-official rule has been introduced: “We don’t save lives.” Being nice on purge day is not permitted. In fact, being nice on purge day means you are probably going to get killed.
Paul Grillo (Prison Break, The Winter Soldier) stars as the revenge driven protagonist looking to avenge the death of his son. Armed up to the eyeballs and looking for blood on purge day he finds himself playing unlikely hero when he encounters a mother and daughter who couldn’t make it to safety in time. Things look their darkest when the would-be survivors end up at the mercy of the torture lusting aristocracy who bid for victims to participate in the last purge of the evening.
The trailer looks slick and the gang masks look like the stuff of nightmares. It’s not high concept but it is sinister. It definitely harks back to eighties sci-fi styling with a feel that is reminiscent of classics like Robocop and The Running Man.
The Purge might not be the mostly critically acclaimed horror movie of recent times but from a budget of $3M it managed to rake in over $89M at the box office. James DeManco returns as writer and director to continue the torment.
The Purge: Anarchy is at cinemas on the 18th July.