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  • Summary: On the night of the annual Purge, five citizens find out just how far they will go to protect themselves and, ultimately, each other, as they fight to survive a night fraught with impossible decisions.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 31
  2. Negative: 6 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jul 18, 2014
    80
    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: Eric Kohn
    Jul 16, 2014
    75
    The movie's potential blossoms whenever it toys with the allegorical ingredients head-on. DeMonaco's script plays like a devious Brothers Grimm tale told through the filter of Occupy Wall Street.
  3. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Jul 17, 2014
    70
    The Purge: Anarchy efficiently exploits its high-concept premise while delivering far more visceral thrills than its predecessor.
  4. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    Jul 17, 2014
    50
    The new film pokes heavyhanded fun at extreme conservatives and has a "power to the people" sub-theme, but it's full of ultra-violence and is dragged down by standard scare tactics, thin characters and the absurdities of the premise.
  5. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Jul 17, 2014
    50
    In The Purge: Anarchy, unfortunately, grim and brutal is pretty much all we get.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe McGovern
    Jul 19, 2014
    42
    When the situation is played totally straight, as it is for eighty percent of the running time, the message is boring: We'd all commit murder, theft and anarchy if only we could. With a narrative as depressively simplistic as that, we do find ourselves identifying with the characters in the movie—counting the minutes until the Purge is over.
  7. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 17, 2014
    20
    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: 19 out of 39
  2. Negative: 13 out of 39
  1. Jul 19, 2014
    10
    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. Jul 20, 2014
    8
    Honestly I'm just sick of dusty hating every movie. Everytime I like a movie he posts screenshots of metacritic scores and tries to demean me for liking it. If Chris likes it then it's a good movie. Expand
  3. Jul 24, 2014
    8
    “Just remember all the good the purge does.”

    Some purge for money, some purge for revenge, and some just purge for the fun of it. Whatever
    it is one is purging for, one can’t help but be drawn to this crazy and maniacally satisfying cinematic story concept.

    Stock brokers hang from the front doors of banks, people are killed for being caught cheating on their spouses, and those with repressed feelings are all questioned as to why they are out on the one night of the year where all crime, including murder, is legal in 2023 America.

    The Purge: Anarchy is story-telling brilliance. Outdoing its predecessor in narrative, character building and spectacle, the sequel reveals the many questions audience members were thinking during The Purge. Such questions include; what happens to people who are caught outside unwillingly on the streets on the scariest ‘holiday’ in America, what happens to the people who cannot afford to protect themselves the same way the rich can, and just how far are good people willing to go for vengeance?

    Unlike the original Purge, director/writer James DeMonaco decides to do what every good director would have done with a story idea like this, and that is multiple-character narratives that eventually intersect.

    As the evening is coming to an end and the 12 Hour Purge period begins, the world that DeMonaco created does not seem as far away from our own as we are introduced to an array of different relatable characters. Single-mother Eva (Carmen Ejogo) and her daughter Cali (Zoë Soul) along with her ailing father Rico (John Beasley) are a hard working family. Eva, who works as a waitress at a local diner in the projects of Los Angeles, asks her boss for a raise on the eve of the Sixth Annual Purge that will help with her father’s piling medical bills. Denied, Eva makes her way back home to lock-down her little apartment with very little means of security. Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Shane (Zach Gilford) and Liz (Kiele Sanchez) are having their own problems in their relationship, as well as being following by a gang of anxious masked maniacs who follow them upon learning that their car is stalled on the side of the road due to ‘accidental’ mechanical problems. Both pairs of people, unprepared and scared of participating in the purge, try to survive the night on their own, until they luckily stumble across the Sergeant (Frank Grillo), a man who is justifying his night by killing the man who took his son away from him.

    Hours before the annual commencement, people flood the streets, searching for last minute ‘protection’ from their partners, their bosses, their disgruntled family members or friends and say goodbye with the words, “stay safe”. They treat the purge as a holiday; some as a patriotic day of cleansing, others as a religious right of passage. Some call it “releasing the beast”, others refer to it as “enjoying the cleanse”, but one thing becomes clear, it reminds us of the crazy times of the year where people are uninterested in your feelings or concerns, a time that could be compared to the holidays, where the ‘dog-eat-dog’ attitude of people becomes ever more apparent. Purging could easily be compared to practically every holiday we experience where people are animals on the road and on the streets, but perfectly behaved citizens in their homes and within the walls of church halls and religious centres and perfectly adequate images in social settings.

    I believe DeMonaco has crafted a story idea and made a film that is a lot deeper and more complex than people would like to admit. After all, the film is a free-for-all excuse to have people watch just exactly what people are thinking of doing to others that hurt them, without ever getting their hands dirty. Anarchy really goes with the idea of what people would actually do if that little thought in their head of killing their boss, could actually be materialized in the real world, without any consequences.

    In addition, Anarchy shows the very faint hints of social, racial and economic inequality that is plaguing DeMonaco’s America of the future. Unemployment is less than 5% and poverty is at 1%, and the purge is to thank for this tremendous social statistic, yet, the rich hide and buy their way to an American tradition of cleaning through their heavily-secured houses while the poor help deliver homeless people, hostages found on the street and ‘martyrs’ who offer up their bodies as a bloddy canvas for rich families while their next of kin receive momentous amounts of money. In any direction you put it, the ones who suffer the most are the poor and lower class, and Anarchy spends most of its time showing this obvious and super disturbing truth of an American society whose idea of ‘cleansing’ is no different than the idea Adolf Hitler had in the 1930′s.
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  4. Jul 24, 2014
    5
    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
    5
    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. Aug 8, 2014
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I went into The Purge: Anarchy expecting mindless entertainment, nothing deep or Oscar worthy. I really liked the first Purge movie. I think the concept is very interesting. However, this one felt like they tried way too hard to make a deeper meaning and emotional connection. Firstly, the characters in this movie are AWFUL. I really, really disliked all of them. They aren't bad people, but they are very fake people. They try to seem sympathetic and take some moral high-road, but it just comes off as staged. I was really hoping about 20 minutes into the film that everyone would die. The "twist" to the movie is that the government is now killing people during the purge because citizens aren't doing a good enough job at controlling the population. Why a government would want population control was never elaborated on. Maybe they wanted to decrease their tax base?It's really obvious that this is what is going on from very early on. However, the makers of this movie think their audience is completely stupid and continually threw out "hints" about the twist and then in the very end let the government guy have a whole monologue explaining his devious plans. I actually laughed because I was like- DUH! Jeez. I am actually writing this review to try and get the attention of the people who are going to make The Purge 3. Dear whoever you are: if you want to have character development or a story about a specific character stick to one and don't try to give us equal half-stories about 20 of the characters. Also, no one thinks this should be a horror film. Inserting random scenes to make people jump is super lame. Stick to the good thing about this series and that is the premise and the crazy ways people think of to kill one another. Expand
  7. Aug 26, 2014
    0
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I watched this with an open mind, as I had no prior knowledge whatsoever. The concept, or plot was quite under thought. As the events came to be, it became more and more like a bad B horror movie. A husband that walks away from a son, wife and daughter in a life and death situation. Yeah, that would happen. The worse part, and most difficult to believe (even in a fantasy), was when common neighbors turn to cold blooded murderers just because the opportunity presented itself. This was BY FAR, the worse box office movie that I have ever seen. I disliked it so much that I became a member to warn the world not to waste 2 hours of their lives. It was written to appeal to 4th graders, and with all the violence and sickness in our world, this was the last pile of garbage that anyone needed to spread. This is coming from a 44 year old adult, whom of which loves a great action flick, and has no problem with violence if it is part of the story line. Sorry to tell you all....this was the most pathetic excuse for a movie that I have ever seen. respectfully, casho Expand

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