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The Purge: Anarchy Movie

The sequel continues with its liberating yet fearful concept that everyone is allowed to do whatever they want for one night without any consequences.

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FREE WILL In a world where there are no rules would your first instinct be to wear face paint?
Universal Pictures

The Purge: Anarchy

Current Status:
In Season
Wide Release Date:
Zach Gilford, Frank Grillo, Michael K. Williams
James DeMonaco
Universal Pictures
Thriller, Horror

We gave it a C-

Last June’s low-budget horror film The Purge grossed an impressive $65 million but left many complaining that its single-house setting did not do justice to the premise of a night during which citizens can commit any crime, including murder. In the Warriors-esque sequel, five folks make their way across a city as the titular event is in full swing. ”I feel I’ve delivered on that promise of a world that has descended into madness,” says returning writer-director James DeMonaco. While the first movie concentrated on suburban one-percenters played by Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey, the follow-up details the travails of ”people who can’t afford to protect themselves.” And that could be a 99 percent improvement.