The sequel continues with its liberating yet fearful concept that everyone is allowed to do whatever they want for one night without any consequences.
Last June’s low-budget horror film The Purge grossed an impressive $65 million but left many complaining that its single-house setting did not do justice to the premise of a night during which citizens can commit any crime, including murder. In the Warriors-esque sequel, five folks make their way across a city as the titular event is in full swing. ”I feel I’ve delivered on that promise of a world that has descended into madness,” says returning writer-director James DeMonaco. While the first movie concentrated on suburban one-percenters played by Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, the follow-up details the travails of ”people who can’t afford to protect themselves.” And that could be a 99 percent improvement.