I’m looking outside my window right now at a big old ugly thunderstorm, with neighboring houses just visible through the whitewashed wall of rain, and I have no intentions of heading outside at any point soon. And if this were the night in question in Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Anarchy, I would have even less of a reason to walk outside my door. But I know that there are people out there who love walking around in storms, and others who love going outside on the most dangerous night of the year in order to loot, rape, and murder. I think we can all just agree to disagree on this one.
We now have three new posters for The Purge: Anarchy to look at, and each gives us a little insight into the minds of the citizens brave or crazy enough to get caught outside their homes on Purge night. You see that crazy paint-faced motherfucker up top? He purges “for kicks.” This guy has obviously been watching a version of The Dark Knight with everything but The Joker edited out, all while reading over letters that he wrote to his parents while he was having a miserable time at summer camp. There’s a thin line between “rebellious” and “violent douchebag,” and I’m thinking he crossed that line a long time ago.
And then there’s Frank Grillo’s Leo, a grizzled husband who is mourning the loss of his son. He’s not doing it by taking on the hobbies that his son had or anything, though. Leo is straight up going to murder somebody in revenge, against the pleas of his wife. Of course, he ends up getting caught up in the dangerous lives of some women getting attacked, but his motivation is sound.
Finally, we have Zoë Soul’s Cali, who had the extreme misfortune of being drug out of her home by a roving group of bandits that would have done a lot worse to her, had it not been for Leo, who ends their immediate troubles with a couple of well-placed bullets. Of course, their ragtag group of misfits probably won’t last too long on these streets, even though there’s safety in numbers.
Also starring Carmen Ejogo, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, and Kiele Sancheze, The Purge: Anarchy will hopefully be the exact opposite of its predecessor in terms of excitement, character brains, and high-stakes action. From the looks of the newest trailer below, it looks like writer/director James DeMonaco learned from his mistakes the first time around.
If you dare to set foot outside your house, find The Purge: Anarchy in theaters on July 18. Feel free to wear an American flag when you go.