The Purge: An­ar­chy

A Night To Dis­mem­ber

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Dvd & blu- ray -

Re­lease Date: 17 Novem­ber

2014 | 18 | Blu- ray/ DVD Di­rec­tor: James DeMonaco Cast: Frank Grillo, Car­men Ejogo, Zach Gil­ford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul, Justina Machado

This follow

up to the orig­i­nal high- con­cept home- in­va­sion hor­ror hit does ev­ery­thing a se­quel can to fend off di­min­ish­ing re­turns by ex­pand­ing the uni­verse, flesh­ing out the themes, and splash­ing more money about on screen.

Once again we’re in 2023 Amer­ica, on the eve of the Purge, an an­nual event where, for one night only, you can com­mit pretty much any crime you like – a rot­ten state of af­fairs, painted, ap­pro­pri­ately enough, in shades of grimy, gan­grenous green. This time, the cam­era is out and about as we follow

Writer/ di­rec­tor James DeMonaco picked 21 March as Purge night be­cause it’s the first day of spring, and also his sis­ter’s birth­day! three groups of char­ac­ters, who even­tu­ally come to­gether in a strug­gle for sur­vival. Sat­is­fy­ingly, the script ex­plores the ram­i­fi­ca­tions of the ba­sic idea, bring­ing the sub­text to the fore: that the Purge is an ex­cuse for class war, or for pop­u­la­tion con­trol.

The re­sults aren’t ex­actly orig­i­nal. As our he­roes pound the streets it’s im­pos­si­ble to block out cult 1979 thriller The War­riors, a key set­piece re­cy­cles genre sta­ple The Most Dan­ger­ous Game, and there’s a dash of Mad Max too – plus a strong John Car­pen­ter vibe. But fran­tic pac­ing and reg­u­lar sur­prises don’t leave you too much time to dwell on that.

Ex­tras: The Blu- ray ( rated) has four deleted scenes ( in­clud­ing a four- minute chunk) and an eight- minute Mak­ing Of. The DVD has nowt. Ian Berriman

“Are you look­ing at my bus, mate?”

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