Carpenter have you passed thru this night? I think you have. That truck in flames speeding down that intersection. The 50.cal guy with a Hostel butcher's apron. The Killzone-like army. The serial-killer masks. The Haves purging with the poor, the Have Nots rebelling and sticking together like a family.
Before writting this I checked: a third movie is planned, but it will be a prequel. Maybe that will give some meaning to it all. Because after seeing the second, my first reaction was (and still is), there was no need for it. But I checked for plans for a third because for this to work I see 2 options: a one piece hit in the stomach like Funny Games, or a "lighter" dystopian entertainment three piece like The Matrix.
This cool concept makes for endless possibilities, yet director DeMonaco squanders each and every one and is left with a mindless, hollow story that boasts it is some sort of commentary. If you're (allegedly) creating a brutally violent allegory about American culture and gun fanaticism, you ought to swap some of the grisly gore for at least a moment of thoughtfulness. Overall, a rather tepid affair.
More thoughtful and imaginative than most horror films. The way the rich and privileged buy, sell and traffic the weak is almost as creepy as the glitzy freakshow their victims are used to construct. Good performances and a gritty vision more than make up for typical genre contrivances.
a rare breed, a sequel better than the original. the 1st was stuck in a single location, prob due to budget restrictions but this outing gets the bucks to dig deeper into the potential of the idea and explores u.s obsessions such as gun control, inequality and government oppression - not bad for a thrill ride horror
As it opens and explores this world and accelerates the pace, it becomes more effective than the first one. However, with such a rich concept, it's a let down that the core of it is never even touched - it just feels like we're seeing different ways of purging (which is amazingly viewed in this sequel) but we don't really realize what the essence of The Purge is.