The more we see from The Purge: Anarchy, the super-fast follow up to last year’s low-budget moneymaker, the crazier it looks. And so far, nothing has looked quite as bat-shit insane as this extended new clip that is essentially an entire scene for you to examine before the film opens on July 18. It should give you a good frame of reference to use when deciding whether or not to go see this in the theater.
Set on the same night at The Purge, Anarchy gives you a wider view of violent, dystopian world where the government legalizes all crime for 12-hours one night every year so society can get out its collective ya-yas. While the first movie was essentially set in a single house in a wealthy suburb, framed as a home invasion story, the follow up shows you have the proverbial other half lives. Instead of focusing on one family, this movie follows three different story threads from deep within the inner city.
During this Purge, Leo (Frank Grill) is out for a little bit of revenge. We don’t know the specifics yet, but it looks like he may have lost a child and is on a mission to exact a little grim, 1970s vigilante movie style justice their way. At the same time he is on his quest, a couple, Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez), are on their way out of town when their car breaks down and lands them smack in the middle of the brutal chaos. Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and Cali (Zoe Soul), two women who can’t afford to protect themselves as thoroughly as the wealthier citizens, also find themselves in harm’s way, and, despite the unwritten rule about there being no heroes on Purge night, Leo winds up saving them all.
This clip from Shock Til You Drop shows how these three separate strands come together, and reaffirms that this looks like the gritty, exploitation style actioner that we’ve come to hope for. And Blumhouse Productions, who is most known for their mega-profitable Paranormal Activity films, has also released a huge new gallery of stills from the film and behind the scenes. You get views of all of the primary players, but these images also provide a good cross section of all ways the usual rules go out the window when the Purge goes live.