The Purge: Anarchy
A Night To Dismember
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
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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
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