The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
The Purge (2013) starring Ethan Hawke was one of my big disappointments from last year. I thought the premise (all crime being legal for one night) was bloody brilliant, and had mucho potential for social commentary, plus a ton of groovy action in the vein of Escape from New York. Instead, the whole story took place in the house of one rich family on a rich neighborhood being tormented by other rich socialite college kids. This movie corrects those mistakes at least, as we finally get a good sprawling action movie, but this movie definitely has much more of a direct to DVD feel to it than the original. The characters here are paper thin. Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) has the most interesting and entertaining part in the whole movie, and only has one in person scene (the rest being via radio or TV spots). If they do make another Purge movie (and this could easily turn into an exploitation genre) I hope they just follow that character around instead of the uninspiring group and only half-way likable groups we’ve been given thus far. An overall forgettable experience, it is a better imagined but less competently executed version of the original.