The Purge: Anarchy

Participants of the Annual Purge (Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech )

Participants of the Annual Purge
(Screenshot by/ Kenna Beech )


By: Kenna Beech  

The horror film, The Purge, left thousands in fear of a real life “Purge” happening. The first movie, released in 2013, involved a single family trying to stay alive during the annual Purge, where all crime including murder, is legal from 7 p.m. on March 21st to 7 a.m. on March 22.

The husband hid his family behind an expensive home security system that he had invented to keep those who could afford it safe from the violence taking place outside.

No violence is allowed throughout the year, so on this specific day, every year, people are permitted to act violently and do each other harm, up to and including murder. There is no medical help or 911 calls during this twelve hour period.

That movie was followed up by The Purge: Anarchy, released last July and directed by James Demonaco. It has a dystopian theme set in the future under an anarchist system where there is political and social disorder due to a lack of government control.

The first scene opens hours before the annual purge begins, at a couple’s broken down car. Stuck on the street, Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) find themselves fighting for their lives from those who are using this day to cleanse themselves. This film, however, takes a turn when the lower class, who can’t afford to buy protection, fights back.

The movie then skipped to another scene, where a poor family’s father offers to sacrifice himself so a rich family can cleanse themselves while staying safe inside on the night of the Purge. In return, the family will “supposedly” give a large sum of money to this man’s family so they don’t have to struggle every day.

No one is safe. Assailants destroy the building the poor family is living in. So the mother, Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter Cali (Zoe Soul) escape from the house but are quickly captured. A police sergeant Leo (Frank Grillo), who is active in the purge because he is taking out his revenge on a man who drove drunk and killed his son, sees the two women struggling to escape from the assailants, and decides to save their lives.

When they return to the police car, they find Shane and Liz hiding in the back seat. The five team up and are forced to roam the streets in a pack in order to survive.

They are followed by the same bloodthirsty bikers, who intend to kill them and were the original cause of the couple’s car breaking down in the first place. Escape is almost impossible as the night becomes dawn.

The 103 minute movie was given an R rating for its violence and language. It deserves four out of five stars for its intense action scenes and the fear factor.