2014’s Best Sci-Fi Movies: Brent’s Picks
7. The Purge: Anarchy
Despite being a sequel to a movie I didn’t particularly care for, The Purge: Anarchy is a badass throwback to the tough-as-nails, gritty exploitation actioners of the ‘70s and ‘80s. While the first film has an interesting hook, but is little more than a standard home invasion flick, Anarchy opens up the world and shows you how the other half, the poor and disaffected who can’t afford fancy security systems, survive the one night a year where all crime, even murder, is legal. This is something you would have seen in a grindhouse theater in days gone by, and more than anything, it announces Frank Grillo as the baddest man currently working in Hollywood. This is a kind of movie that doesn’t get made much anymore, let alone released into theaters, the kind of movie where the chiseled-jaw anti-hero—he’s on a quest for revenge after all—doesn’t even have a name, and if you’re into that sort of thing, Anarchy is something to celebrate.