The Purge was one of last summer’s surprise box office hits. The high concept was enticing — once a year, for a 12-hour period, nothing is illegal — but the movie didn’t really live up to its premise. The film was more or less just a home invasion movie, rather than the bloody free-for-all audiences were expecting. But thankfully it earned $89.3 million worldwide, against a production budget of only $3 million, so we’ve got a sequel on the horizon, and it looks like it will deliver the goods promised in the first movie: unadulterated anarchy.
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released a new theatrical trailer for The Purge: Anarchy that perfectly sums up the mayhem the sequel has to offer. In the first teaser trailer, we got the basic storyline, featuring a couple racing back to their home before the annual Purge begins, only to find themselves out of gas and stranded on an empty Los Angeles street. In the new trailer, we learn that Anarchy will include a vigilante who tries to save people in trouble during the 12-hour period of crime and destruction. He’s channeling Marvel’s Punisher, a man trying to avenge the death of his son.
It looks like Anarchy will have a bunch of one-percenters auctioning off the poor so they can kill them without “getting their hands dirty.” Perhaps one-half of the couple featured in the first trailer tried to set up the other for this rich people’s Purge. Can’t you just smell the social commentary? Man, I really hope the 1% gets it!
The trailer above really delivers on the promise from The Purge. There is just so much craziness and mayhem in the trailer that it seems like writer/director James DeMonaco is responding to the criticism of the first film. I’d really like to see more meaning behind why The Purge Act passed into law. From the first movie, there were all these references to the “a nation reborn” thanks to the New Founding Fathers of America. I’d like to know more about that element of the movie, so hopefully DeMonaco will deepen the film’s mythology as well.
Universal Pictures recently announced that The Purge: Anarchy‘s release date was pushed from June 20 to almost a month later, July 18. Now The Purge sequel will be battling the Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending for box-office dollars. Jupiter Ascending doesn’t stand a chance against The Purge: Anarchy.
The Purge takes place in a dystopian reality where all crime is declared legal during a 12-hour period once per year. This gives American citizens the opportunity to kill, murder, and rape others with impunity. The annual “Purge” also keeps unemployment and poverty at an all-time low because the wealthy can afford security and protection, while the very poor are left unarmed and vulnerable.
The cast of The Purge: Anarchy includes Frank Grillo, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams, Carmen Ejogo, Kiele Sanchez, Keith Stanfied, Chad Morgan, and Zoe Borde. Michael Bay and Jason Blum produced the sequel, while James DeMonaco wrote and directed the new film.
The Purge: Anarchy will hit theaters everywhere on July 18.