Frank Grillo: "The Purge: Anarchy" not a sequel

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The government has sanctioned an annual 12-hour period in which any and all criminal activity becomes legal. The police can't be called. Hospitals suspend help. When an intruder breaks into this gated community during the yearly lockdown, he begins a sequence of events that threatens to tear a family apart.
July 14th, 2014

Frank Grillo insists 'The Purge: Anarchy' is not a sequel.

The 'Captain America: Winter Soldier' actor stars as Sergeant in the upcoming second installment of the horror franchise but he's claimed it will serve more as a bigger and better version of the first film, 'The Purge', rather than a sequel.

He explained: ''I hadn't seen the first Purge when they called to have a meeting and I read the script and thought it was genius.

''I said, 'Wow. This is a great idea and it can go in so many different directions'. And then I saw the first one and I could understand why people were pissed [off], because they [the characters] were just bound to this house...

''This is not really a sequel. It's a standalone film that basically takes the premise on a grand scope that should have been done in the first one.''

Meanwhile, the 51-year-old star has also spoken out about people referring to the idea of the films - where all crimes are made legal for just 12 hours once a year - as ridiculous.

He told Collider: ''So many things are ridiculous. I mean there are posters for 'Transformers' with dinosaur robots. It's all ridiculous isn't it? But at the end of the day it's also entertaining.''

'The Purge: Anarchy' is set for worldwide release on July 18 2014.