3.0 out of 5 starsThe weakest of the series thus far
3 November 2017
Some visually spectacular sequences, primarily in the early stages of the purge, and generally slick production, lift this to a slightly above average viewing experience. A franchise feeling short of ideas
The makers have predictably done what most others do when a low budget film does big business, they make a sequel that is on a much grander scale.
And if that is a success, they try to be clever, and usually fail.
Business as usual here then for this second sequel, and it's a crying shame because Grillo was excellent in Anarchy, and there are a couple of wonderful ideas thrown in for good measure which could have been expanded into two far superior movies.
Firstly, the idea of people flying in for the annual purge is brilliant, but this is only hit on in two very short scenes. They could have flown in with the intention of destroying everything they hate about the country, the culture, giving it a xenophobic edge.
Or go even simpler, the siege on the deli, which is by and far the best part of the film. He two girls that are introduced in the deli are truly terrifying, and are the epitome of everything that is wrong with teenage aimed media, and trash TV.
But no, they decide to give it a political edge, and decide to semi recreate the final third of Anarchy.
Grillo is okay, but he has none of the intensity that made his character so memorable. Williamson is as good as expected, but their is so much discriminating banter between him and his friends, you start to cringe whenever he opens his mouth.
And for some reason, the makers decide to add a kind of supernatural element to the film. There is one scene toward the end with a very tall pale man who just appears to pop out of nowhere every now and again, and bullets seem to avoid him.
It's lazily made, not very interesting, but it's biggest crime is not having the edge of the first two movies.
If they do make a fourth movie, I hope they go back to basics, they could even pseudo remake Assault On Precinct 13.