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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 32
  2. Negative: 6 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 18, 2014
    It's also breathtaking to watch a throwaway studio sequel break its corporate chains before your very eyes and become something thrilling and dangerous and alive.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Jul 18, 2014
    It's better than the first.
  3. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jul 18, 2014
    Isn't a cheap knock-off but an equally effective, deliciously disturbing movie. It's bound to delight genre fans (and dismay critics, who attacked the first as heavy-handed and sloppy).
  4. Reviewed by: Loren King
    Jul 17, 2014
    Give credit to writer-director James DeMonaco for at least attempting to give his action thriller some heft with a plot that concerns our obsession with violence, ham-fisted as it is. But The Purge: Anarchy is still just an excuse to bombard us with high-powered weaponry, armored vehicles, vigilantes, and masked marauders in creepy Joker-like makeup.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Jul 17, 2014
    In The Purge: Anarchy, unfortunately, grim and brutal is pretty much all we get.
  6. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Jul 17, 2014
    You'd expect the sequel to be an improvement based on production values alone, and you would be right, but not by much.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 17, 2014
    The film’s “What if?” scenario takes the germ of an interesting social-science idea and lets it rot in a nasty, ethically questionable cesspool of junk cinema.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 45
  2. Negative: 15 out of 45
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    If I could sum this movie up into one word it would be "Phenomenal"!!!!! I just finished watching it and I will first say that I loved the first movie a lot but the sequel kicked everything into gear 100% more then the original. The story was better it focused on five individuals coming together to survive the night and being centered on Frank Grillo as "Sergeant". The action was Top-Notch with Tons and Tons of violence which I absolutely love. I must add that them taking the movie to the streets did it wonders and I don't ever jump in movies but there were one or two jump scares. The acting was very good but obviously the star was Frank Grillo who kicked Ass in acting and just being Awesome. I will say overall that this is a must see movie especially if you liked or loved the original then go see it Immediately and you will not be disappointed I promise you that. The best horror/thriller movie I have seen in a long long while. Expand
  2. Aug 5, 2014
    With It's amusing acting from It's brilliant (and unique cast) and a story that actually brings "The Purge" to a greater height, The Purge: Anarchy finds James DeMonaco creating a sequel that succeeds as a definite improvement over the original. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2014
    Definitely a better picture in comparison with the first Purge movie! It has an ok characters, an interesting plot with well done ending! Its flaws aren't substantial enough to bring it down Expand
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. t has its moments of **** dialogue, silly storyline, unrealistic nature, etc., though it befits from a better storyline, greater action, and a open world view. Though I wouldn't consider this a good movie by any means, it's a major step up from that generic and **** original. Overall it's not all bad and has some creepy moments that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 6.5 Expand
  5. Jul 25, 2014
    Not nearly as unnerving or interesting as the first film. The politics are mundane. Casting the white folks as the wealthy purgers (and the stupid couple breaking down and stranded in the city) is ignorant. Casting the masked street gang as all young black males is equally as ignorant. It's slightly thrilling, but SO much more could have been done with the concept. Expand
  6. Jul 31, 2014
    What if all crime was legal once a year? What would you do? How you would you do it? you can quote "cleanse your soul". Does murdering really solve anything? These were the questions asked in James DeMonaco's engaging (sometimes thrilling) escapade "The Purge" a little film that took the box office by storm. Now, over a year later, it's beginning to feel like "The Purge" is becoming an annual gathering.
    Cashing in on the low budget .. and hopefully turning this franchise into the next "Saw" or "Paranormal Activity"). While I can say that the angle on the subject matter changes a tad, and the perspective as whole has transpired into something that, hypothetically, could work at some point. The problem with "The Purge: Anarchy" is there is little suspense, too many characters, and dumb cliches that I thought we had outgrown by now.

    Where the original Purge lacked, "Anarchy" kind of makes up for (and not by much). The problem with the first Purge was that it didn't know how to categorize itself. Rather showing how else the world purges, it instead focused on one families night of survival (and stupidity). After about the half hour mark, the intriguing premise turned into a home invasion thriller reminiscent of such better made films like "The Strangers" and "You're Next". Not to mention the only actual crime that film capitalized on was murder. In "The Purge: Anarchy" we are not caught up in one family's life, but three. Which evidently becomes tiresome after awhile,It should say something that I didn't really care much to even know there names.

    The film opens with an annual announcement commencing the annual purge, and to thank our founding fathers. We first meet a waitress Eva (Carmen Ejogo) who is desperately trying to make ends meet for her daughter, and sick father. Living in the projects. Next we meet the bitter couple of Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez), whom are going through the process of a separation. As fate would have it, there car breaks down on a freeway hours before the purge commences (the trailer presumes the car just dies, however, a gang of thugs wearing crazy porcelain masks.. cuts the gas line). Then lastly we meet the classic father out for revenge, Leo Barns (Frank Grillo) for the death of his son, over a year ago by a drunk driver. You wouldn't ever think these three unlikely groups would ever cross paths in such a huge city, but they do. Leo inadvertently saves Eva and her daughter, and thus become entrapped within the confines of the purge..and now must struggle to indeed "survive the night".

    First off, "The Purge: Anarchy" started with promise and I had some decent expectations. It looked as though the film would be more manageable, and open than the previous entry. Mainly because were getting into the city, and we are going to see how others purge. Does this happen? not really. Instead of taking a more character driven perspective, the film lags and settles for the same ole political mumbo-jumbo that we don't care about. Adding in some mindless subplot about an army militia, whose sole purpose is to end the Purge. Hence the name "Anarchy".

    On the performance side of things, nothing truly stood out to me. The only character, if any, that I actually felt connected with was Leo Barnes aching father figure type role, played here by Frank Grillo. His motives for the purge were actually understandable, plain ole fashion revenge. At least he had some purpose. While others were just relentless, and killed others for no apparent reason. Aside from him, everyone else was just basic or average when it comes to the standards of horror fare. (If you can call this a horror flick).

    I can respect the direction that James DeMonaco takes the film in, rather focusing on just one purge, it tries to introduce several purge's going on at once. The film's conclusion takes elements that made films like "Hostel" famous. Which is the more exciting aspect that the film has to offer. DeMonaco needs to write stronger characters, a heroine of sorts..that an audience can root for. Instead of introducing us to five people that make us feel nothing.

    At least with the first Purge, they knew what to do with their characters. There was a certain creepiness that Rhys Wakefield brought to the first purge, playing the smart-ivy league schoolboy with a thirst for killing. . While this time, no character brought chills to my spine. Even the creepy rip-off masks from "Your Next" didn't send a shiver, nor a goosebump. I wanted to be engaged, enticed, and enthralled ...and I got neither. Which is truly sad considering how much effort went into making this film. Which, you could obviously tell the budget was a bit bigger and this shows in the action set pieces, which are very well shot. The film ends with "364 days until the next annual purge" so another sequel is almost a forgone conclusion.

    Ask anyone that I know, and they will tell you I'm sucker for a bad horror/slasher flick. "The Purge: Anarchy" is too messy and can't pick up the pieces from it's interesting and original premise. Instead focusing on the events that actually occur, rather than characters I want to understand and get to know. Perhaps some flashbacks with Leo and his child before he was killed. Maybe if we knew the hardships that Liz and Shane had to go through, we as an audience could somehow relate. But no, we're settled for mindless violence that means nothing. I found enjoyment in the first thirty minutes (roughly). But then much like the original, it takes us away to something much more elusive than it needs to be. I still have hopes for what this franchise can accomplish, because in all honestly the premise is too intriguing. For now, If you're looking for a much better horror tale, stay in and rent "Your Next" or "The Cabin In The Woods". You will be glad you did.


    By: Nate Adams

    Directed By: James DeMonaco
    Rated: R
    Release Date: July 18th 2014
    Studio: Universal Pictures
    Runtime: 100 Mins

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  7. Aug 16, 2014
    Sitting in the theater,and lost interest before the first hour was over. The problem with this movie is that the objective is to not get purged, and these idiot characters are gallivanting up and down the streets of NYC. Whaaaa?..seriously? Their sitting ducks. Targets. The writer could have at least had them in a place other than right in the middle of NYC. This movie is just silly. Expand

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