I don’t know why it surprises me…. but just about every film that announces a sequel, whether it be Pixar recently stating a Cars 3 and Incredibles 2 were forthcoming, World War Z (and so many, many others) presenting plans for a second flick when the first is still in theaters, or the reboot of the hopelessly abysmal Fantastic Four series, and a subsequent date set for the second Fantastic Four…. in 2017. WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY?
Grumble grumble, get off my lawn.
Original ideas are hard to come by in Hollywood, it’s all about that profit margin or stock ma-jig or something like that. Microeconomics wasn’t all that informative.
So the news that the surprise box-office success of summer 2013, The Purge, would be getting a sequel wasn’t surprising, and yes, it was disheartening..
The Universal film starring Ethan Hawke and no one else that anyone could name (sadly, no Selena Gomez) was working with a $3 million budget and made over $64 million domestically. That’s a nice profit. This I know.
Naturally, these numbers lend themselves to another annual purge!!! No laws, anarchy in the US!!
The first film was a fascinating concept, suiting the recent trendiness of dystopian film and fiction, but giving it a unique spin with only one day of the year standing out from the rest–while the rest is some semblance of a utopia.
As a big fan of the horror genre, from campy to psychological and everywhere in between, the original Purge was very disappointing–unlike 2013′s biggest horror hit, The Conjuring–which threw rapid fire scares at you. Yes, I screamed in the theater. Embarrassing.
The Purge didn’t make the audience think much, it didn’t scare them, it didn’t entertain, it just…. felt absurd.
Yet this sequel, with a rather obscure cast, with Frank Grillo, of the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Michael K. Williams, Zach Gilford, and The Glades’ Kiele Sanchez, may just have some hope yet.
The teaser trailer+this first-full length trailer look jumpier, more action-packed, and genuinely invoked more thought than the first Purge film in its entirety. Basically, the same thoughts as The Hunger Games films, “would I kick a** or would I TOTALLY kick a**?”
With James DeMonaco back as writer and director, I’m cautiously optimistic that there will be growth what could become a significant horror niche in the Purge films.
The Purge: Anarchy is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014.