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Tuesday Movies – The Purge: Anarchy




I love this movie.  This is the kind of action movie I’ve been waiting for all summer, hell, for years now.  It’s not a perfect movie, not by a long shot, but it is thoroughly enjoyable, especially for a fan of 80s action flicks like Die Hard and Escape from New York. 


Be warned of spoilers from here on out.


The best part of this movie was that plot points and characters introduced earlier on in the film are given solid resolutions.  From the kids with the masks chasing the couple, to the guy with the machine gun in the back of the semi truck.  By the end of the movie everything brought up has been resolved.  This movie actually has an interesting and succinct plot.  That surprised me.


I loved Frank Grillo’s performance in this movie.  His role as the ex-marine seeking vengeance for his son’s wrongful death seems generic at first, but he plays it so well that I found myself genuinely interested in how his story played out.  I’ve been a fan of his ever since he was a minor character on Prison Break, and I was disappointed his character didn’t last longer than the first season on that show.  I was pleasantly surprised to see him as one of the main villains in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and he did great in that role.  What I like about Frank Grillo is he can fight with the best of them, but he can still manage to play a role with a lot of heart.  That’s just how his own personal brand of charisma shows itself.  In The Purge: Anarchy, we were curious as to why he kept saving these people, when he seemed to be just another person out for blood on purge night, but we never questioned that he was a good guy.  Frank Grillo is the kind of actor that can pull that off.  I am really looking forward to him as the lead villain in the next Captain America movie.


To be honest, the separate character plots in this film was interesting.  From the couple trying to make it to the wife’s sister’s house, to the mother and daughter trying to ride out the night, I was genuinely interested in how everything was going to work out for them.  I particularly liked Carmen Ejojo as the impoverished mother trying to keep her family together.  This movie is much more interesting than its predecessor because it brings together unique, fascinating characters that we, as the audience, actually care about. The first one, other than being dreadfully slow, was centered on a wealthy family inside their palatial mansion.  Not terribly remarkable characters or setting.   In The Purge: Anarchy, we have the mother and daughter that we know a great deal about their living situation, the married couple that we only know are about to break up and have an average car, and Frank Grillo, who we know almost nothing about other than he lost a kid and has a failed marriage.  We actually never learn his name; just that he’s a sergeant at the end of the movie. 


Going back to Frank Grillo’s character, I was pleased to see that his act of saving the mother and daughter in turn saved him at the end, both psychologically and in reality.  Because he showed compassion for them, he was able to see that revenge wasn’t the way to go, and that saved him in the end.  I don’t want to ruin the ending, because I want you to go see this movie.  All I’ll say is that the twists all the way through this movie are great, but the movie doesn’t rely on them enough that it’s not worth a rewatch.  I’m definitely going to see this again when it comes out on DVD. 



I am particularly fond of survival movies, which is why I pointed out Die Hard and Escape from New York.  Like The Purge: Anarchy, these movies throw together a random group of people that have to help each other out of a situation in a short amount of time.    The Purge: Anarchy, like an 80s action movie, doesn’t rely on CGI effects, instead using dramatic tension and clever camera angles to make the film visually interesting.  I was particularly fond of the score, such as it was, and the sound editing.  It reminded me a bit of 28 Days Later, but with better action.  The movie also felt somewhat like Fallout 3, not quite sure how, but it would make sense when you see it. 


I can’t recommend this movie enough.  I’m not giving it higher than a 7 because it doesn’t do anything new, but it is an amazing call back to the action classics of the 1980s.  If you like Die Hard, you’ll like this movie.  And, if you’re like me, you’ll appreciate the practical effects and hard hitting fight scenes. 


P.S. Anyone else love how these movies are a satire on modern day gun control issues in the US? 


This is it.  This is the pinnacle of nerdom.  This is the greatest height of nerdery that has ever been reached before.

Peter in Loki’s body on a bus downtown to the real Loki and making an excuse that he’s going to a comic convention.

Never will such levels of pure fucking nerd ever be seen again, it’s just not possible.  This is a beautiful day, I am glad I am alive to experience this, god bless.

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