Evolution of The Purge

The greatest trick The Purge (2013) ever pulled was convincing us at first that it is your run-of-the-mill home invasion thriller, directing us to think that the protagonists are the typical wealthy white family in the suburbs and the villains are the hoodlums in the streets who’ve waited all year to terrorize them without consequences. Sure, there is a moment early in the film which establishes that the Sandin family — led by mom Mary (Lena Headey) and dad James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) — may not be the most liked in the neighborhood, but we’re generally still supposed to root for them. Especially when on the night of the annual Purge, when all crime is legal for 12 hours, they intentionally choose not to participate.

But as the movie progresses, we learn that things are not so black and white — at least not when it comes to the morality of our protagonists versus that of the street thugs. Because the annual Purge — a law established by the nation’s political New Founding Fathers (NFFA) in efforts to dissolve crime by murdering the poor and weak and elevating the rich, privileged, and usually white — has allowed the affluent Sandins the choice to simply lock up their home with the most expensive security system around and remain oblivious to the terror outside. As James even says early in the film, if their family was still poor, they’d definitely participate “because it does work.”

That’s what’s so great about The Purge; it challenges our perceptions of right and wrong and how that’s impacted by a broken yet highly functional society — one not unlike our own.

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An American Werewolf in London at HHN 23 - HR

Halloween is nearly upon us and the annual Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights have begun to announce some of their high-end haunted mazes. Every year, famous properties get turned into interactive mazes aimed to scare park attendees both in Florida and California and this year, there will be mazes or areas based on An American Werewolf in London, The Walking Dead, From Dusk Till Dawn, Dracula Untold, Alien vs. Predator, Face Off and The Purge Anarchy. Below, we’ll give you info on some of the biggest news surrounding Halloween Horror Nights 2014. Read More »

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Just because J.K. Rowling returned to Harry Potter doesn’t mean Daniel Radcliffe has any plans to. Also after the jump:

  • Olivia Munn and Ken Jeong will tag along for Ride Along 2
  • Pirates 5 will go light on the monsters, says Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Bad Boys III will have a screenplay in the next few months
  • Yes, National Treasure 3 is still in active development
  • Jurassic World gets bloody in an intriguing new set photo
  • See a new batch of high-res stills from The Purge: Anarchy
  • Check out the first stills from SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead
  • Director Elizabeth Banks teases the plot of Pitch Perfect 2
  • Sharknado 2: The Second One releases a ridiculous trailer

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The Purge Anarchy trailer

For those who felt the first The Purge was too limited and too familiar, The Purge: Anarchy takes the same basic premise but goes in a bolder, more extreme direction. Once again, the story is set in a dystopian America where, in a ghastly effort to weed out the weak and let the strong blow off steam, all crime has been legalized for one twelve-hour period per year.

But this time, the action spills out onto the streets as Frank Grillo plays a man who heads out in search of revenge. Unfortunately for him (and the others with him), it’s not long before the tables are turned on them. Watch the new The Purge: Anarchy trailer after the jump.

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The Hunger Games 5

Katniss Everdeen proved herself in the arena, but could she be getting her own theme park? It’s possible, based on the success of a new traveling Hunger Games exhibit Lionsgate just announced. Read more about that, and the following, in this edition of Theme Park Bits.

  • The Purge: Breakout is touring the country.
  • Watch a new commercial for Harry Potter‘s Diagon Alley.
  • Read about the new food Potter themed food selections.
  • See a ton of new photos of the expansion which is already ready to open
  • Watch a commercial for Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem.

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‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Trailer

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The Purge: Anarchy, which acts as the sequel to last fall’s hit thriller, throws a stranger middle-class couple and a man out for revenge into the mayhem of the annual purge. That event, for those who missed the first film, is a single night per year in which all crime is legal, the better to weed out the “weaker” aspects of society. The Purge: Anarchy trailer gives vague hints about how those new characters come together, and shows off one particularly icky situation in which a parody of a charity auction turns into a night of murder for sale.

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‘The Purge: Anarchy’ Teaser Trailer

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In The Purge: Anarchy, which comes from the writer/director of the 2013 sleeper hit film, a young couple is stranded in the middle of a city when their car breaks down. But this breakdown happens at the worst possible time: just hours before the annual Purge begins. The Purge — that 12-hour period when all crime is legal, as outlined in the original film — is really not when you want to be out on the streets, unless you’re wearing a mask or some face paint and carrying a hefty weapon, and preferably have a gang of friends along with similar gear.

The teaser below some of the couple’s effort to survive, but it doesn’t tell us whether this sequel will be more satisfying in the end than the first film was. Read More »

Vin Diesel in xXx

Vin Diesel has Fast & Furious 7 and a fourth Riddick movie coming up, and now he has XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage to look forward to, too. Also after the jump:

  • Perrey Reeves will return as “Mrs. Ari” for the Entourage movie
  • Vera Farmiga says The Conjuring 2 is waiting on James Wan
  • The Purge sequel starts shooting in LA and picks up a new title
  • Lifetime is moving ahead with a Flowers in the Attic sequel
  • Here’s a better look at Transformers‘ Bumblebee in robot mode
  • … and a more detailed synopsis of the movie

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