Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
murder in the Bible
revenge versus mercy and forgiveness
Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer
“VOTING” FOR BAD MOVIES—Every time you buy a movie ticket or rent a video you are casting a vote telling Hollywood “That’s what I want.” Why does Hollywood continue to promote immoral programming? Are YOU part of the problem? Answer
|Featuring:||Frank Grillo … Sergeant
Carmen Ejogo … Eva Sanchez
Zach Gilford … Shane
Kiele Sanchez … Liz
Zoë Soul … Cali
Justina Machado … Tanya
John Beasley … Papa Rico
Jack Conley … Big Daddy
Noel Gugliemi … Diego (as Noel G.)
Castulo Guerra … Barney
Michael K. Williams … Carmelo
Edwin Hodge … The Stranger
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|Director:||James DeMonaco—“The Purge” (2013)|
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“Welcome to America where one night a year all crime is legal.”
What would you do if your car broke down on a bridge just moments before the beginning of the annual government-sanctioned kill-a-thon known as The Purge? Panic? Run? Fall down on the ground in fetal position? Chances are that you would have at least one or more similar reactions as Shane and Liz, a young couple on the verge of divorce who find themselves in such a predicament. Your terror would probably increase when you notice a gang of masked thugs who seem to have been following you for miles.
divorce in the Bible
What does it mean to be “the husband of one wife”? Answer
It’s the year 2024, and the New Founding Fathers of America maintain control over the government. We were introduced to their method of crime reduction and population control in writer/director James DeMonaco’s 2013’s hit “The Purge.” DeMonaco returns to the helm in this sequel, set just two years after the original. The NFFA believe that human beings, at the core, are very similar to animals, but social and cultural pressures require inhibition of certain behaviors. They instituted The Purge—one night per year individuals are free to commit crimes of all sorts (including murder) without fear of reprisal or punishment. Individuals can “purge” themselves of negative feelings and animosity by targeting the poorest and most alone individuals. The first installment found one family under siege in their home when their young son brought a wounded stranger inside.
Unlike the first film, “The Purge: Anarchy” takes the audience out of a single home onto the streets to show us what happens during the 12-hour savage spree. Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) find themselves alone on the streets—that is until they team up with other would-be victims Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter Cali (Zoe Soul) who have escape the clutches of a well-armed militia. These four end up being protected by Sergeant (Frank Grillo), a one-man army who reluctantly attempts to save the group.
Also unlike the original, this sequel has little soul and little to offer. The characters are flat, and the action is predictable. The first seemed to have a point—it made viewers question their morality and debated the difference between was is “legal” and what is “right.” This version simply appears to be about how many bullets can be expended in one film. The subtitle “Anarchy” seems to be correct.
You can probably guess that this is not a family-friendly film! [I am actually very sad to point out that there were several young children in the audience with their parents when I saw the film]. I wrote the review for the original film and, honestly, not much has changed in terms of my critique of the value for Christians. They have doubled up on the coarse language. Sensuality was surprisingly low for a film of this nature—although there is a scene where Eva and Cali are rescued just as they were about to be raped and tortured.
All in all, “The Purge: Anarchy” is a letdown on many levels. Save your money.
Violence: Extreme / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.