Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

This 'Purge' Is Better Than the Original

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

This 'Purge' Is Better Than the Original

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I'm always leery when a low-budget movie becomes a hit and then we see a sequel churned out a year later. The gestation time for most features films is about five years from conception to theatrical release, so most things done in a fraction of that time tend to be hasty and sloppy.

"Crank something out, cash in" is the byword.

"The Purge: Anarchy" bucks this trend by actually being superior to its 2013 predecessor. While the first film was more a schlocky horror film edged with social commentary, the sequel falls into the straight action/thriller category.

If you'll recall from the last movie, things are set in the dystopian near-future where the United States has been taken over by a group of patriarchal dictators. Once a year they hold the Purge -- a single night in which any crime, from assault to murder, is perfectly legal. The idea is for the collective unconscious to jettison itself of all those pent-up negative emotions.

Sounds great -- unless you're one of those who gets pent on. …

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