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Getting better but still terrible *spoiler alert*
on 11 February 2016
If you like the first Purge, and by that I mean a weak storyline, an unrealistic concept, terrible acting, flat characters and a huge anticlimax, then yes, you'll love the sequel. In this movie we see the typical 'we need a back story to the characters so let's write a terrible script in 5 minutes' way of thinking, by which I mean the annoying couple that we just knew from the start when it was revealed their marriage was in tatters we reconcile by the end of the night. When the male died, there was absolutely no sympathy felt due to the fact they were not likable characters and the story behind them was so easy and predictable from the writers.
We are also met with the badass Sergeant, who somehow takes on the entire of Los Angeles whilst protecting the quite frankly useless couple and even more useless Mother and daughter. He was the only reason I have given it 2 stars instead of 1, because despite his character being a little bit ridiculous, he added some excitement to the cause.
As for the bad guys, the minigun wielding, barbecue-apron wearing antagonist doesn't really add to the storyline at all, and his presence is not at all frightening, so I'm not really sure why he is included. I would have much preferred that his character did not exist and that the masked gang from downtown LA (straight outta Compton, perhaps?) were more prominent, and maybe even acted on the peril they put forward.
Don't get me started about the 10 minutes in the 3rd quarter of the movie when they decided to turn the purge into a gameshow, which was just absurd.
And finally, just one annoyance, the movie ends by tempting a third movie, saying it is '364 days' til the next purge. It is the year 2023, and therefore the next purge is March 2024, a leap year, which means it's 365 days. Just a picky thing I picked up on but for a film to be a blockbuster, you need to eliminate mistakes such as that.