The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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For most of the film, returning writer-director James DeMonaco favors gore and shock inserts of music over the edgy, nasty parody for which the material seems ready made.
DeMonaco is more interested in scenarios than in stocking them with human beings. Everybody here is a backstory in a T-shirt.
Grillo's performance will make you wonder why he didn't start headlining movies like this before turning 50; his is the soft-spoken kind of charisma that helped make half of the Expendables into stars back in the '80s and '90s.
The Purge: Anarchy is basically a slasher movie in which society is the deranged killer. It plays like it's already a grindhouse classic - dark, dirty, and disreputable.
"The Purge: Anarchy" is more in line with what people going to a "Purge" movie would want out of a "Purge" movie.
Audience Reviews for The Purge: Anarchy
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.
I enjoyed the first "Purge", but this one takes it a step further and really improves on the premise. Here we get to see the Purge in the streets, and how the rich actually Purge. It's very interesting, and in a lot of ways, exactly how this would go down if it were real(which if you ask Brad Oches, he hopes it becomes a reality). The only real complaint I had about this is the lack of deaths and real horror. Just like the first film, this isn't so much a horror movie as it is an action-thriller. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the premise can really open up for some good horror, that it hasn't tapped into yet. Having said that, I liked it a lot, especially Frank Grillo's character. Definitely worth a watch.
Maybe the key is to set the expectations low here.
The Purge: Anarchy Quotes
|Sergeant:||Look at me, you get over that fence you run. You don't stop, you run for your life, you understand? you don't fucking wait for me!|
|Big Daddy:||Only when their blood is spilled will we see change.|
|Big Daddy:||We don't save lives. Tonight we take lives. We can't have any interference. We can't have heroes.|
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