'The Puge: Anarchy' takes audiences on a wild ride on the streets of downtown LA

Jesus Figueroa

Written by Jesus Figueroa

A mysterious stranger saves two women as a couple gets trapped on the streets of downtown Los Angeles on the purge night in "The Purge: Anarchy."

"The Purge" sequel takes the audiences out of the house and I to the chaotic streets of a not so distant futuristic LA.

One man which comes to be known as Sergeant, played by Frank Grillo, prepares to take to the streets on the seventh annual purge night.

Grillo is a fantastic action antihero in this film. The mystery if his character is intensified with the mannerisms and look that is brought to his character.

Waitress Eva, played by Carmen Ejogo, prepares her house for the coming purge with her father Rico, played by John Beasley, and daughter Cali, played by Zoe Soul.

Ejogo has the sweet look which draws audiences in. Her demeanor brings a strength to her character which is subtle and yet works wonders.

Soul is rebellious loud and aggressive with a charisma which helps make her a likable character.

A couple, Shane, played by Zach Gilford, and Liz, played by Kiele Sanchez, are out driving making their way to Shane's sisters house.

Gilford plays the desperate boyfriend/husband well as he seems to play the passive aggressive character well. He also looks to be the typical everyday suburban guy.

Sanchez is fabulous as her character as she matches wits with Gilford well. She embodies the worries that a purge night may bring.

They bump into a group — punk with face paint and a cross drawn on his forehead. He retreats and other masked/face-painted punks including a man in a mask with "God" written on it.

Soon after their car breaks down with obvious signs of being tampered.

It's so close to the commencement of the purge night and the couple takes to the streets.

As soon as 6 p.m. comes around the fear sets in, the streets mostly deserted and the cleansing of the annual purge begins — time to release the Beast.

A revolutionary named Carmelo, played by Michael K. Williams, brings a social commentary to the story.

Williams brings a Malcolm X type feel to his. The manner in which he presents himself has the feel of authority and the conviction to make it seem like he has a point.

This story also introduces Big Daddy, played by Jack Conley, a rich guy who sets out to help the purge night massacre out by killing underprivileged people.

Conley is a good villain as he has a scary feel to him. He comes off as authoritative and commanding.
The film in it's entirety brings a new perspective to the concept of the purge. There's suspense and action making this movie a good horror thriller.

I give this film 5 out of 5 Popcorns. It's definitely not what is expected. The chaos of the purge gets put up on the screen and shown well. The story is reinforced by social commentary and yet it is all easy to follow.

"The Purge: Anarchy" out in theaters now.

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