Director: James DeMonaco. Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford. 103 min. Rated R. USA/France. Horror/Thriller.
After the original film didn't exploit enough a dystopian future where once a year any crime is permitted for 12 hours, now the sequel is getting there. As opposed to confining itself to one house defending against intruders, this one shows the street side of the annual event, exploring the social and political ramifications of the night through a Snowpiercer/Hunger Games conceptual combination, showing how the rich 1% rules the clueless 99%, and how American lust for guns can breed such a "patriotic" ritual. But then, maybe I'm impressed because it's a far cry compared to last year's film.
PS: The Annual Purge is on March 21st, which is Nowruz, the Persian New Year, or the first day of Spring. Hmmmmmm ...