Having written the script for the 2005 remake of Assault on Precint 13, you could see where Brooklyn-born writer-director James DeMonoaco was coming from with The Purge in May last year.
The idea was that future society would legalise murder for one night of the year, enabling ordinary people to take the law into their own hands and do some dirty work.
DeMonaco explored neighbourhood watch principles with integrity and questioned the decisions of his then leading character (Ethan Hawke) made in the heat of the moment, principally: ‘Is anybody’s life more valuable than anyone else’s?’
Having achieved more in just 85 minutes than four Paranormal Activity movies had in 360 minutes while also generating a 30-fold return on production costs, DeMonaco quickly returns to the streets of LA a year later.
As per big game targets in Africa, rich people are willing to pay for the right to kill – knowing that the sick and elderly want to raise money for their relatives.
The other side of the coin sees grieving dad Sergeant (Frank Grillo) wanting revenge after an over-the-limit driver killed his son.
Who will die, when and how before 7am provides the plot with plenty of gristle, though instead of the satirical power of the first film being holed up in the home of a well-to-do family, we now have a group of people thrown together at random.
Although The Purge Anarchy is still broadly relevant in a have, have-not society the script might have had less threat of gore and more depth as a genuine thought-provoking social commentary of our times.
But its twists and turns will still have you holding your breath.