Flash Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy

Finding an outlet to let go of life’s daily irritations is the way to stay sane in today’s world. Maybe it is just me but it seems as if everybody has shorter fuses these days. I can easily rattle off a variety of incidents where I find myself becoming irritated. There is the person in the theater texting during the movie; the driver who cut me off to be the last one to cross the railroad crossing before the gates came down and I had to sit for over 10 minutes as a freight train went by; the person at the help desk who was of no help in trying to locate where my cashed check was applied; I can go on, but the point is I find a way to release the collection of negative emotions that simmer and boil inside of me. The first thing I do is tell myself I cannot control those things that are out of my control. This has served me well for many years; there is no reason to devote energy to something I cannot change. If that doesn’t work I always have my reliable backup and that is watching a movie. Mmm, I hope no one assumes I must be teetering on the edge based on the amount of films I view weekly. I know what I would become if I did not have a way to release pent-up stress or anger and I have a pretty good idea what the world would look like if everyone held on to their negativity. They would be doing what the people were doing in this horror thriller sequel.    ONCE a year the government made all crimes legal and let the citizens participate in an annual purge of the population. Frank Grillo (The Grey, Warrior) played the character Sergeant, a mysterious man who instead of killing people wound up helping mother and daughter Eva and Cali Sanchez, played by Carmen Ejogo (Pride and Glory, Alex Cross) and Zoe Soul (Prisoners), survive the night. This action film was filled with violence and blood. If this movie was to be a true parody or satire, I did not get the full effect because the story made little sense. Sure one could comment on the disparity between the wealthy and poor people depicted in this film but the script had no substance to assist in such a discussion. I found the movie played more like one long video game, just scene after scene of chases and violence. It became a boring experience for me. What I found scarier was the mother who was with her underaged son, sitting near me in the theater. Why would someone bring a child to see this brutal film; what kind of lesson was she trying to teach him?


1 3/4 stars

About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 22, 2014, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Nice writing as usual Joltz. I actually liked this one. Missed potential with some avenues and characters but a nice deviation from the other stuff in theaters.

  2. It isn’t just you. People do have shorter fuses. The advent of the internet spawned a whole new generation of “instant gratification” thinking that is displeased with anything not “meme” or that takes time to deal with. Impatience everywhere is scaring me. I see people, perfect strangers, yelling at one another daily from their cars. This type of movie will not help that type of thinking. jmo

  3. Theatre of Pain

    I watched the original Purge and thought it was an “okay” film. But despite the heaping helping of violence, there was a disconnect from all of the characters in it. By the end, I only cared if one specific person survived and the rest of the casts served as little more than fodder similar to teenage stereotypes found in many slasher films. I might watch this one if given the chance but would also be okay if that chance never came.

    I found your mention of video games and their relation to violence a bit ironic because I sometimes use those video games as my anger outlet. I would rather decapitate a Zombie or crash a vehicle in a video game to blow off some steam than act on some of my more primal impulses in the real world.

  4. I have not watched this one, or the first, but from what I read on the first it had some potential for some deep social commentary but ended up falling short of that once the action started. Sounds like this did not take that any further but instead stuck with the abundant violence rather than provoking much thought. Thanks for the review!

  5. Yeah..this review is pretty much spot on with what I figured the movie would be. Thanks for saving me time and money 🙂

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