As promised, The Purge 2 trailer has arrived, along with confirmation of the official title for the film, The Purge: Anarchy. Universal has this labeled as a teaser trailer, and while it clocks in at about a minute and a half, its emphasis on the start of the annual Purge does lean more toward teaser.
The trailer begins with Zach Gilford's character and his girlfriend in a car, rushing to get to their destination on the eve of the annual Purge. Their car breaks down, leaving them stuck on the streets as the Purge begins. As it's set up in James DeMonaco's film The Purge, the story's set in the not-so-distant future when the government has instituted an annual Purge, which makes all crime legal for a 12-hour stretch of time once a year in March. The first film centered on a wealthy family trying to protect themselves when their fortress-like house is breeched during the Purge. As the trailer for the sequel indicates, the followup will focus on a new set of characters trying to survive the Purge. And it looks like they're not the only ones...
It seems like whatever they have planned for that guy, they don't want it to make a mess of the room or the art on the walls.
Having "America the Beautiful" creepily playing in the background as we watch the lead couple desperately trying not to get brutally murdered during the Purge adds an eerie tone to the video, and -- along with the words "Your government thanks you for your participation" -- reminds us that this "Purge" isn't merely an annual tradition that some people partake in, but a nationwide, government sanctioned event. As it's presented in the original movie, the bizarre twist to the premise is how mainstream it is. People support it and even encourage it, despite the carnage, as they believe the Purge allows people to get those dark tendencies out of their system and that its effects are a benefit to the country. Of course, for those left vulnerable to the purgers, the whole thing probably seems like one big nightmare.
In addition to the trailer, Universal also launched the Purge: Anarchy website, which throws a patriotic spin on the violent nature of the Purge, reminding us that it's "an American tradition" and using guns, knives and other weapons to depict the American Flag...
The site also includes this image, which shows some poor guy presumably under attack...
Written and directed by James DeMonaco, The Purge: Anarchy arrives June 20, 2014.