Purge series (The Purge: Anarchy (2014) vs (The Purge: Election year (2016))

 

My pick:

“It should come as no surprise that (The Purge: Anarchy), is comfortably better than (The Purge: Election year)”.

 

Lockdown

From 4th July in the UK, pubs and restaurants can reopen amongst many other businesses. Swimming pools, Indoor gyms, and theatres though, remain closed.

So I continue my 2 times a week blog posting, for those who need that extra lift to get them out of lockdown …

 

Introduction

So those Dystopian fans out there will hopefully find this post insightful. Whilst not quite “The Hunger games”, or “Maze runner”, The Purge is a series with 4 current instalments, as of 2018.

(The Purge: Anarchy 2014) was filmed prior to (The Purge: Election year 2016). These films were also set in the order they were released. It therefore makes sense to review them in the same post.

 

This also provides plot continuity, keeping the viewer engaged across movies.

You can see the first 2 purge movies chronologically, in my last post (linked below)

For clarity, here is the correct viewing order according to : (Source 1 below)

 

1 The First Purge (2018) / 2 The Purge (2013) / 3 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) / 4 The Purge: Election Year (2016)

 

The Purge: Anarchy  (2014) (8.5/10)

 

Good points

Music builds tension early on.

The plot is changed up slightly from prior films.

Surprisingly good acting.

Consistent setting changes throughout.

Tension was sustained far better than in The First Purge.

Has an occasional plot twist.

Possesses a memorable ending, with several twists.

 

Bad points

The story was slow to start.

Some events were hard to believe.

The opening was much worse than the rest of the film.

It had no hook.

 

Conclusion

After a disappointing opening, the film built to an amazing ending. It had a few plot twists, and frequent setting changes. Acting was good through the most part. Things felt superior to the previous 2 Purge movies. The Purge: Anarchy is a great watch, if you stick with it.

 

The Purge: Election year  (2016) (8.0/10)

 

Good points

Immediate hook.

Action and tension from the word go !

Setting variation.

Action-packed storyline.

 

Bad points

Tension not as well built, as in some other Purge films.

Acting wasn’t as great as in The Purge: Anarchy.

Not much of a twist.

Plot was a bit predictable.

 

Conclusion

The Purge: Election year, was a bit of a mixed bag. Yes it had action. But the acting felt a bit tamer than in (The Purge), and (The Purge: Anarchy). The storyline wasn’t too basic, and the ending was nice, if a bit predictable. There wasn’t loads of gore here, but violence was frequent throughout.

 

Summary

Both (The Purge: Anarchy), and (The Purge: Election year), were good movies. Better than (The Purge) and (The First Purge).

The former, had more interesting stories woven into the action, and (The Purge: Anarchy) had palpable tension throughout.

 

My Pick

It should come as no surprise that (The Purge: Anarchy), is comfortably better than (The Purge: Election year).

 

Sources

1 https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/05/28/heres-what-order-to-watch-the-purge-movies-in-when-is-the-first-purge-set/

2 https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/theatres-reopen-uk-when-london-west-end-theatre-closed-date-coronavirus-lockdown-latest-news-448207


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