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The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge: Anarchy

 

Rated R · 103 minutes · 2014

Drama, Horror, Suspense/Thriller, Thriller
James DeMonaco's The Purge (2013) was surprisingly deft and politically conscious for a low-budget horror thriller, and this more expensive follow-up is even better—more expansive in scope and less schematic as storytelling. Like its predecessor, it takes place in a futuristic U.S. whose government has instituted a national "holiday" on which all crime is legal for one night. The first film centered on a wealthy family under siege in their suburban home; this one follows a group of strangers—all working- or lower-middle-class—as they try to get across downtown LA safely during the annual bloodbath. The violence is brutal and the social vision pessimistic, yet DeMonaco balances out these qualities with genuine sympathy for his protagonists. He also demonstrates a stronger sense of suspense than in the first film, generating tension steadily and elegantly. With Frank Grillo and Michael K. Williams.


See our full review: Crime takes a holiday in <i>The Purge: Anarchy</i>

Crime takes a holiday in The Purge: Anarchy

In James DeMonaco's sequel to his 2013 hit, all laws are suspended for a single night. »

Official Site: blumhouse.com/film/thepurgeanarchy?c_url=thepurgeanarchy
Director: James DeMonaco
Producer: Jason Blum, Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Sebastien Lemercier, Jeanette Volturno-Brill and Luc Etienne
Cast: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Michael Williams and Zoe Soul

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