US Release Date: 7/18/14
Unlike its predecessor The Purge, which unfolded within the claustrophobic confines of a glitzy mansion, The Purge: Anarchy shows life on the streets of LA during the one night of the year when all crime, including murder, is one hundred per cent legal.
“We knew we wanted to live in the world of an urban environment where a group is caught out there, where the audience gets to witness all the twists and turns that happen on Purge night,” says producer Andrew Form.
A group of unlikely citizens is the new film’s focal point. A heavily armed Leo (Frank Grillo), has a massive score to settle with those responsible for the death of his son, while single mother Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter Cali (Zoe Soul) rely on a stranger’s help after being attacked in their own home.
Also thrown into the mix is a couple (Zach Gilford and Kiele Sanchez), who are carjacked right at the beginning of the Purge.
“After we showed the first movie, a lot of people said ‘We want to know what happens in the streets, or in the parks or in the country to rich and poor people,” says producer Jason Blum, who has shepherded the Paranormal Activity and Insidious movies, among other titles. “Every single American would have a different experience on purge night. There are many stories to tell during Purge. That’s why we wanted to make a second one, and hopefully more.”
The Purge‘s universe resides within a not so distant dystopian future. The US government has apparently been re-invented by the Founding Fathers of America, a little known organisation which sanctions the annual titular event. That, in turn, yanks the crime rate to below one per cent for the remainder of the year.
“Behind it all, behind what the government is selling you – of getting you to exorcise your aggression – telling you that it makes you a better citizen – is a ruse,” says director David DeMonaco, who also helmed the first chapter. “The Purge doesn’t really do that. The government has another objective.”
Cast and crew are keeping that “objective” under very tight wraps, while Grillo, says the script and its ideas are both interesting and provocative.
“In this film you truly get to see what the Purge is and why it exists. It makes you scratch your head about where our society is in terms of violence and prejudice and what we must deal with on a daily basis.”
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: James DeMonaco
Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoe Soul and Justina Machado
Screenwriters: James DeMonaco
Producers: Michael Bay, Jason Blum, Andrew Form, Bradley Fuller and Sebastien Lemercier
Executive Producers: Jeanette Brill and Phillip Dawe
Source: Press Notes
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