The Purge: Anarchy


The Purge: Anarchy

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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.



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The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013's sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country's yearly 12 hours of anarchy. Returning alongside DeMonaco to produce The Purge: Anarchy are Blumhouse Productions' Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & Gain, Transformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th). (c) Uniersal

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Jack Conley
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LaKeith Stanfield
as Young Ghoul Face
Bel Hernandez
as Katherine
Lily Knight
as Mrs. Crawley
Jasper Cole
as Homeless Man
Brandon Keener
as Warren Grass
Vick Sabitjian
as Mr. Sabian
Matt Lasky
as Bloody Faced Man
Judith McConnell
as Old Elegant Woman
Adrian Sparks
as Suited Gent
Rick Chambers
as TV Newscaster #1
Amy Paffrath
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Dale Dye
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Carla Jimenez
as Deranged Woman
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Critic Reviews for The Purge: Anarchy

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (27)

  • Flickers of dread materialise - care of those one-percenters co-opting the event for entertainment - though again we're mostly in second gear.

    Jul 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

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  • The politics are surprisingly complex, in the way that a jigsaw puzzle missing its biggest pieces is hard to solve.

    Jul 24, 2014 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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.

    Jul 18, 2014 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • DeMonaco is more interested in scenarios than in stocking them with human beings. Everybody here is a backstory in a T-shirt.

    Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jul 18, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Michael S
Michael S

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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.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer


Maybe the key is to set the expectations low here.

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familiar stranger

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With a plot that is more consistent than that of the unsuccessful first movie, even though still insisting on that ridiculous idea of making the Purge look like a cartoonish sect of religious fanatics, this superior sequel also offers now an intriguing Hostel twist to it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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