The Purge: Anarchy

2014, Action/Mystery & thriller, 1h 43m

143 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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Gritty, grisly, and uncommonly ambitious, The Purge: Anarchy represents a slight improvement over its predecessor, but it's still never as smart or resonant as it tries to be. Read critic reviews

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One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish -- including murder -- without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night.

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  • Mar 26, 2017
    When I saw the trailer for the first Purge movie, I thought it was a wildly innovative idea and I absolutely loved it! I was so excited to see the film, unfortunately it amounted to little more than a slasher movie. The story had all the potential in the world, but they really didn't go into it, they just wanted to show off the violence and hatred people had towards one another. I was hoping they would correct this in the sequel and boy did they ever! Anarchy isn't about some family hunkered down in their home, fighting off attackers. In the second installment of the Purge, we learn a lot more about it. The pro and anti-purge factions that exist, the professional companies that make a fortune off that one night, the way the rich purge, and the main story which centers around what happens on the streets when two families are trapped outside on purge night. Two families are easy pickings until they find Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), a man on a mission that he can only complete on Purge night. Barnes however is a man of conscience and won't complete his mission until he begrudgingly gets the families to safety, which means a wild trek through the city. The Purge: Anarchy is a wild ride through a city of ordinary people turned into killers, with home made weapons, booby-traps, and pure anarchy, just as the title promises. If you're looking for action and violence, there are a million places to turn, that's not what the appeal of this movie is. It's the idea, that crime virtually is nonexistent, except for this one night, where society turns on each other. Where almost everyone's craziest fantasy becomes reality and just how some people react. What will each character turn into when they are allowed to do whatever they want? How does society feel about this law and is the benefit worth the cost? This story has just so many directions it can go in, that why I'm not surprised to hear they're working on a fourth film. The Purge series may just be a series of action/slasher films, but this one idea puts a whole new spin on them and makes you see things through a whole different set of eyes and I for one think it's ingenious.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2016
    When "The Purge" was announced, it was a hugely promising premise, that ended up being wasted in nothing more than an answer to the horror movie question of "why don't they just call the cops?". Anarchy, however, delivers on that promise.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2016
    This film actually wasn't bad. I was watching them just to say I reviewed the entire franchise and was pleasantly surprised. This sequel really reminded me of the difference between Alien & Aliens. The first was a smaller time suspense flick & the second was more of an action flick in then vein of the first... Frank Grillo is a much better leading man in this than Ethan Hawke was in the first one as well. Also, this film took advantage of the fact that it didn't need to really set up all of the "Purge backstory" because it took into account that you'd seen the first film. The Purge in this film acts as a back drop to a larger cat & mouse / urban warfare film. Think Hard Target meets Escape from New York to an extent. Still not the best movie, but this sequel was head & shoulders above it's predecessor.
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  • Jul 10, 2016
    Great premise and all, the first "Purge" was essentially a throwaway thriller that never did it's initial hook any justice. That only makes how well made and entertaining "The Purge: Anarchy" is all the more refreshing. It's ambitions for what is essentially a well made, thought provoking, B- movie actioner are more than commendable - it actually succeeds at most of them. Featuring at least a handful of memorable set pieces and a solid antihero in Frank Grillo, "The Purge: Anarchy" is a sequel that dwarfs it's predecessor.
    Michael S Super Reviewer

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