As you should know by now, in these movies, the purge is a 12 hour event once a year where all crime is legal, without any consequences. 18 years ago, presidential candidate Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) witnessed her family brutally murdered during the purge. She now vows to become president and terminate the purge once and for all. Because of this, the political figures who run the purge decide that the purge is the perfect night to take her out and save the annual tradition. The Purge: Anarchy protagonist Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) just happens to be her head secret service member, and it's his job to save her from the "Purgers" who are after her. Damn, I am sick of writing the word "purge" and we're two paragraphs in.
I've seen some people appreciate the fact that this film mirrors some political issues currently taking place in the United States, but no. The political aspect of this film's plot was purely for marketing purposes, as all the political shit was one note and woefully unbelievable. If you want to scare me, convince me this can be real, don't make the political figures in this film cartoon characters. And in a time where gun violence is causing so much distress and horror in the real world, it was slightly uncomfortable watching a movie shamelessly glorify it. The script, overall, is the dumbest thing ever. It's full of coincidences and plot holes that aren't even the slightest shred of coherent. One minute the nazi, kkk, confederate, stock bad guys are trying to blow away their target with a 50 cal. and the next they are trying to take her alive so other people can kill her. I am positive they didn't even begin to try.
I was never bored while watching the film, it moves along at a decent pace, so I never was tempted to walk out, Any other positives I can come up with is that I was consistently laughing. This film has some of the most laughable dialogue I have ever witnessed, and it doesn't help when there's some absolutely awful performances. Another bright spot, which is a legitimate bright spot, is the two lead performances. Both Elizabeth Mitchell and Frank Grillo, Grillo in particular, seem like they are in another, far better film. This film simply doesn't deserve them.