(2014) (Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Suspense/Action: Various people must contend with being caught outdoors during a once-a-year, government-sanctioned, 12-hour period where murder and other crimes are legal.
- It's the year 2023 and just hours before the commencement of a once-a-year, government-sanctioned, 12-hour period where murder and other crimes are legal. The Founding Fathers government has realized that The Purge releases tension, anger and so on, resulting in the rest of the year being mostly crime free. That doesn't sit well with Carmelo (MICHAEL K. WILLIAMS), a rebel whose rants against the government and The Purge are across the Internet and have drawn the attention of Cali (ZOE SUOL). She's the teenage daughter of single mom Eva (CARMEN EJOGO) who works hard as a waitress trying to make ends meet for them and Cali's grandfather, Papa Rico (JOHN BEASLEY). He dislikes the sound of Carmelo as much as he does the government and thus retires to his bedroom for the night.
Elsewhere, Shane (ZACH GILFORD) and Liz (KIELE SANCHEZ) are debating whether to tell his sister that they're getting separated when they have a run-in with some Purge participants who are chomping at the homicidal bit to get started. Little do Shane and Liz realize that those men have cut their fuel line, thus resulting in their car breaking down in the middle of the city.
They eventually run into Leo (FRANK GRILLO), a divorced cop who's going to use The Purge to get revenge on the man who killed his son but was released from prison on a technicality. Despite that, he's an otherwise decent man who ends up saving Eva and Cali when soldier-like men forcibly remove them from their apartment following a scary run-in with their angry neighbor, Diego (NOEL GUGLIEMI).
With Shane and Liz joining them, the five people try to survive the night and those -- civilian and government-based -- who are participating in The Purge and looking for fresh victims.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they liked the first "Purge" movie and/or are fans of anyone in the cast, they might be interested.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For strong disturbing violence, and for language.
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