Friday, March 29, 2019

The Purge: Anarchy Review

The Purge: Anarchy, 3/29/19, 87%, B+, 4 Stars
The Purge franchise cleanses its soul with a different perspective and a well done character arc for Leo, whose name I only learned when I read the description of The Purge: Election Year.
Plot
-Pacing 8/10
This one is a bit longer than the first one, and is full of engaging content. They waste no time in setting up the main conflicts, but it slows down unnecessarily when they stay in Eva’s friend’s home. That scene is the only fat I think could have been trimmed to speed things along.
-Coherence 8/10
For the most part, the movie makes sense, but there’s no real resolution to the consequences of Eva’s father selling himself to rich purgers. Leo’s arc is kept shrouded in mystery and the turn for the better makes sense when it comes.
Characters
-Relatability 9/10
I think the main cast of Leo, Eva, Cali, Liz and Shane was much more relatable than the Sandins of the first movie. They all provide more of a working class perspective and less of a rich jerk perspective. Leo is a guy out for revenge, and the other four are trying to survive the night and not get too engaged in the purge itself, with Cali acting as Leo’s North Star, which makes for a better morality debate than the Sandin story.
-Development 9/10
Leo actually gets a character arc. He goes from discount Punisher to a man who realizes purging won’t solve his problems. Like I said earlier, it’s set up well with Cali being his North Star, and it’s executed well when the man who ran over his son saves them.
Picture
-Visual Believability 10/10
The visuals are great here, because it’s all real, no noticeable CGI or fight scenes edited to hide weak choreography.
-Purposeful Content 9/10
Like I said in the pacing, the scene in Eva’s friend’s house could have been reduced to something quicker with the car lie still coming to the surface, but everything else added to it.
Soundtrack
-Emotional Resonance 7/10
The soundtrack was nothing special, except for the rendition of “America The Beautiful.”
-Appropriate Use 7/10
See above.
Dialogue
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
There was no humor, and that was perfectly acceptable for a movie of this tone with this type of story in this particular context.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
The salty language added to the rough nature of purge night. The naughty content that got this movie an R rating came mostly from the violence, which fits the setting perfectly.
Blumhouse should have led with this, because we get a better look at the wider world of The Purge and a more down-to-Earth cast than a bunch of rich people. It’s better executed than the first movie, and I’ll take that over a carbon copy of that one any day of the week.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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