Film Review: “The Purge: Anarchy” (2014)


Directed by: James DeMonaco

Written By: James DeMonaco

Producers: Michael Bay, Jason Blum, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller

Composer: Nathan Whitehead

Cinematographer:  Jacques Jouffret

Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Michael K. Williams, Zoë Soul and Judith McConnell as Elegant Old Lady

Killing is a license that people should not have.

The Purge: Anarchy  is the most horrifying concept ever  told in film history. This really scares me the way it has been told –  a way, I am sure, should cause us concern. America- sometime in the future- there are 2 hours and 26 minutes left until the Annual Purge begins. While half of Americans are getting ready to lock themselves in their homes to try to make it through this hellish night alive,  the other half of are getting ready for ‘The Purge.  Regardless, they don`t forget to wish one another a “safe night” before they start kill each other.

Sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) still mourns the death of his only son. He, as everyone else, is preparing  for ‘The Purge’. However, this time, he is going to join a crowd of angry people who want to release their anger.  Leo Barnes has no intention of killing just anyone;  the only person whose life he wants to end during this sanctioned, out-of-control night, is the man who killed his son. On his way for revenge, he meets a group of people and he decides to help them before he get his mission done. This night Barnes must make a decision – to become a hero or to become a murderer.

Unlike the previous film “The Purge”, this time James DeMonaco has moved the indoor battle  of survival to the outdoors with many more characters ,with more concerns and with a deeper meaning. This time he added 5 million more to his budget to make “The Purge: Anarchy” a better film than the previous one.  I have to admit, I truly admire James DeMonaco for his way of thinking, how he  wrote the script, and created such interesting characters. However, the actors fail to deliver a convincing performance.

Last year, in 2013, James Monaco scripted and directed “The Purge”, with Ethan Hawke as the lead character. In last years version of his film,  he told the story of a man who tries to save his family from a bunch of insane people. The 2014 version of DeMonaco`s film, however, tells the story of more people, with a topic  I find very intriguing. As we all know, ‘The Purge’ is the only night during the year when all people can release their bad side without worrying about consequences. They can harm, kill, do unimaginable, horrible things, with no threat of punishment.

The script for “The Purge: Anarchy” is written very well, especially where DeMonaco  tells us a darker side of the story; he suggests that the Government promotes this night  in order to reduce the population to save money.

People like Leo Barnes  and Carmelo (Michael K. Williams) are there to fight back to stop the madness since killing is a license that people should not have.  DeMonaco has enough courage to use such lines in his film as; “NFFA needs to balance everything. We make things manageable. We take lives tonight. And people like you (refers to Sergeant Leo Barnes)  who try to save all those who will die anyway, is something we don`t want to see. We don`t need a hero like you. That`s why you, like everyone else, must die.”

Having said that, “The Purge: Anarchy” is a very provocative and scary film with subject matter that  should bother all of us. The story, of how common, or wealthy people  use an opportunity to release their evil side,  shows us that no matter how far man can go with his cruelty and brutality, and with all of humanities dangerous minds and crazy ideas,  that ‘The Purge’ is much worse  than anyone of us can imagine.  The only solace I have is that a night like ‘The Purge is not real.

5 thoughts on “Film Review: “The Purge: Anarchy” (2014)

  1. I loved the first movie, which is why I wrote about its idea which haunted me more. People seem to be so much in need of the purge all the time. Yes, the subject matter is worth a lot of thoughts. This one hasn’t released here though.

    1. I liked this film too, despite the fact that I hated a subject matter. Yo know, I recently watched the film “Hello Herman”. I highly recommend it to watch. As you may have noticed, I usually try to review not the film itself, but the story behind it. That`s why it really scares me that there are so many bad people out there.. and I am sure they would love the idea of the Annual Purge Night. So glad that it`s just a film. But sometimes, it really terrifies me.

      1. I can’t find any option to get that movie right now, but I guess I can some day. Your recommendations work for me 🙂 This type of movies are actually needed. I liked The Purge, and its disturbing idea is indeed true for the present. What you said about it is right. For now, people purge on Facebook, and given an opportunity, surely on the roads. I did write about The Purge related to what has been happening. May be you have already read that 🙂

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