Cinema review – The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy film poster

Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoƫ Soul, Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez.

Plot summary: In a future America, all crime is legal for one night only. Four people are caught on the streets during the Purge and hook up with the Sergeant (Frank Grillo), who tries to protect them even as he is off on his own Purge mission.

Having not watched the first film or seen the trailer beforehand, I went into this film not expecting much. I thought that it would be just another bland action thriller with lame dialogue and cardboard cut-out characters who we can’t really root for as we don’t know anything about them bar their first names. However, I actually ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. Sure, there is no character development whatsoever which was to be expected for this kind of film.

The weakest characters for sure were the youngish couple who kept going on about their separation while people were getting peppered with machine gun bullets. And other times they were just plain stupid. Also, the action scenes left quite a lot to be desired (with the exception of a relatively brief fight scene during the third act).

Still, this film does have a few qualities which save it from being a complete waste of time. Frank Grillo is quite good at playing a badass and there are some genuinely tense moments as well as a couple of jump-scares to keep you from snoozing in your seat.

It’s not the worst film I’ve seen at the cinema, but it’s definitely more of a “watch on Netflix if you have nothing better to do” kind of film.

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