Director: James DeMonaco
Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Zach Gilford, Justina Machado, Michael K. Williams, Amy Paffrath
The film starts on the date of 21st March 2023 a few hours before the annual ‘purge’ where all emergency services are suspended for twelve hours and all crime, including murder, is legal.
While people barricade themselves inside places of safety those participating in the purge wreak mayhem and violence on the streets. Introduced by the New Founding Fathers, who now govern America, the annual purge was designed to kill off the lower classes and tip the balance in society towards the wealthy.
As the siren sounds to denote the start of the purge and mayhem unfolds the story follows Eva Sanchez (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter Cali (Zoë Soul) who have been abducted from their home by purgers and taken out into the street. They are saved by Sergeant Leo Barnes who is attempting to ‘purge’ the driver of a car who killed his son and escaped imprisonment due to a technicality raised at his trial. Shane (Zach Gilford) and Tanya (Justina Machado) also find themselves caught outdoors during the purge and join forces with Eva, Cali and Sergeant to survive.
The film is the sequel to the 2013 film ‘The Purge’ and explores attitudes towards revenge and shows what happens in a society where law breaks down, if only for twelve hours each year. I felt that it’s not really a horror movie in the true sense and as a thriller the plot is rather weak. The violence is limited only to shootings and the audience rarely gets to see the aftermath of the killings.
I’m not really sure about this film. It’s certainly very watchable and very well directed, acted and edited. The concept of the purge is good however in my opinion the lack of detail in the plot gives the film a shallow feel.