While I thoroughly enjoyed the original and really liked the concept of an annual government-sanctioned, twelve-hour free-for-all where all crime is legal, I agreed with most critics when I said that it fell victim to many clichés of a typical home invasion film after a certain point and more could have been done to explore the different aspects of the purge. This second installment is undoubtedly an improvement over the first one. Not only did it bring the action almost entirely outside like many fans pleaded would happen in the sequel, but it also chose to involve three subplots that eventually came together, instead of just focusing on the one family that was headed by Ethan Hawke’s character in the first film.
The three stories in this next chapter, which takes place in 2023 – exactly one year after the original, revolve around young couple whose car breaks down just as the purge is about to commence; a police sergeant who plots to get revenge on the man who got away with killing his son in a drunk driving accident; and a mother and daughter who are forced to flee from their home after attackers obliterate it. These five characters eventually meet up in the middle of town, and they decide to try to stick together to survive the night as the chaos ensues. Read the rest of this entry »