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

By Clark Collis
April 21, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT
Universal Pictures
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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.