Universal Pictures
April 21, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

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.

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