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This weekend saw the opening of The Purge: Anarchy, that’s true. I’m not just fucking… you know, trying to be all hip, so get off my back. Fuck you, goddamnit.
Within, I investigate the movie’s approach to depicting violence — it takes a critical stance that could potentially save it from… everything else that is this movie.
Spoilers for: The Purge, NOT You’re Next, NOT The Raid 2: Berandal (Thug)
Again, if you’re hounding for something violent, I blurge you to check out The Raid 2: Thug, and if you haven’t seen The Raid: Redemption, make it a double feature. The Raid: Redemption is a lot of fun — a super precise, super impressive martial arts film that is probably the best action movie since Hard-Boiled. Pure action, I guess, because The Matrix and T2 are always at the top of my list. The Raid 2: Berandal is a complete deconstruction, and I didn’t even understand the plot the first go-around. It’s a brutal, mean film, one whose violence I’ll more readily study than its action setpieces, only one of which is truly at top Raid form (the kitchen fight). The prisonyard brawl, while technically dazzling, doesn’t have that same something the fights in the first movie did, that focus on one or two characters as they destroy people. Nothing in my opinion has topped the drug lab scene. Just fantastic. Out of all the 2014 movies I’ve seen, The Raid 2 continues to stick in my mind, where I doubt anything else has at all.