“The Purge: Anarchy” broke an important sequel rule: It was better than the original film. The premise of this action/horror series — for a 12-hour period once a year, literally all crime is legal — was never as heady or incisive as it was meant to be; by embracing its pulpiness instead, “Anarchy” capitalized on the idea’s dystopian potential. It was also helped by the presence of Frank Grillo, who will likewise be starring in this summer’s “The Purge: Election Year.” Watch the second trailer now.
As timely as it is over the top, this third installment finds Grillo as head of security for a presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell of “Lost”) who, having narrowly survived a Purge attack that left the rest of her family dead, wants to ban the annual tradition. As you might imagine, this doesn’t go over well with her political enemies — they plan to use Purge Night as an opportunity for legal assassination.
As with the first two movies, “The Purge: Election Year” was written and directed by James DeMonaco. Universal is releasing it on July 1.