Sunday, July 31, 2016

Movie Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2015)

Movie: The Purge: Anarchy (2015)

Director: James DeMonaco

Writer: James DeMonaco

Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul, Justina Muchado, John Beasley, Noel Gugliemi, & Michael Kenneth Williams

One-Line Plot Synopsis: A group of people are stranded outside of protective shelter on the night of The Purge, a night when all crime is legal.

There are some movies that are unknowingly right up my alley from an entertainment standpoint, and for some reason, the Purge series is one of them.  I'm usually not huge on horror movies or anything like that, and I guess The Purge is a bit more of a thriller than a horror movie, but I find it thoroughly entertaining for one reason or another.  Obviously, when movies like this have good actors running all over the screen, it does to raise the credibility and believability of that horror/thriller movie.  It reminds me a lot of the movie Running Scared in that respect...especially this scene.

The convoluted and elaborate schemes and theatrics of psychopaths on full display to fulfill some kind of demented and dramatic murder...pretty much what The Purge delves into throughout the entire movie.  Come to think of it, it reminds me a little bit of Hostel as well.

Also, any movie that starts turning Frank Grillo into a bonafide movie star is something I'm going to get behind.  I have a lot of love for my man Grillo.

And how about 7, I'm sorry, I mean Matt Saracen, (otherwise known as Zach Gilford), coming through with a good movie.  Put one on the board for the good guys.  I knew you had it in you to be a part of a good movie 7!  Now you can join the ranks of former Friday Night Light cast members as having some success on the screen after the FNL.  Here's how the Post-FNL Power Rankings has shaken out so far.

1) Coach Eric Taylor (BloodlineThe Wolf of Wall StreetZero Dark ThirtyArgoSuper 8)
2) Vince Howard (CreedFruitvale StationChronicleParenthood)
3) Landry Clarke (FargoBlack MassBridge of Spies, The MasterBreaking Bad)
4) Tim Riggins (Lone Survivor, The Normal Heart, True Detective)
5) Herc (Halt & Catch Fire, Justified, Breaking Bad, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Dallas Buyers Club, Lost)
6) Tami Taylor (Nashville, The People vs. O.J. Simpson, American Horror Story, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl)
7) Luke Cafferty (Parenthood, Kingdom, Chicago Code)
8) Lyla Garrity (Parenthood, The Path, 500 Days of Summer)
9) Tyra Collette (John Wick)
10) Buddy Garrity (Veep, Justified)
11) Jason Street (The Good Wife, 10 Teen RomComs)
12) Matt Saracen (The Purge: Anarchy)
13) Billy Riggins (Longmire, 42, & Guest Spots on just about every TV show)
14) Julie Taylor (Really Hot)

Random thought, but if I had to pick a top three that I think would make on the streets for a night of The Purge, I'd go with Luke, Billy Riggins, and Vince.

Anyway, back to The Purge: Anarchy.  The franchise seems to know how to strike the right balance between tension and horror with a little slice of weirdness.  It doesn't feel as much like a straight horror movie even though the situations are horrifying.  It's more like a thriller with some gory action.  The scenarios are basically non-stop as to how the worst of society would approach an event like The Purge and the twist of weirdness makes it feel more authentic than it probably should be...which is scarier than anything if you ask me.

If you've seen the first Purge movie, you pretty much know what you're getting into with this second one.  Unlike the first however, that focused on one house and setting and thus has a more claustrophobic feeling to it, the second movie is on a much wider scale and jumps from different groups of people.  It's kind of the flip side of the first movie.  Instead of getting stuck in a place and trying to keep people out, people are stuck outside and trying to get inside some place safe.  It's a pretty cool role reversal to take a look at the other side of the events of a night like The Purge.

I feel like I catch myself saying this a ton, but I had to jump on this movie review before the third movie of the series, The Purge: Election Year comes out.  I feel like that's why I get back into writing some reviews most of the time.  There's a sequel or another movie in a series that is about to come out that gives me that extra little nudge to get back on top of writing reviews.  And I guess my reviews aren't totally "reviews" per se, as I kind of jump from random different thoughts and tangents that pop into my head as I go along.  If you couldn't tell (which I'm sure you totally can), I kind of just wing most of these and I have no idea what I'm going to end up talking about throughout them...kind of like ranking my post-Friday Night Light acting careers.  Yeah, kind of like that.  Here's the trailer for the upcoming third installment of The Purge series.

Rating: 7/10, what can I say, I'm a sucker for Grillo on a rampage.