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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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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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Frank Grillo
as Sergeant
John Beasley
as Papa Rico
Jack Conley
as Big Daddy
Edwin Hodge
as The Stranger
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
as TV Newscaster #2
Dale Dye
as New Founding Father
Carla Jimenez
as Deranged Woman
Brad Drake
as Posh Father
Rowan Alexander
as Posh Mother
Roger Schueller
as Posh Grandfather
Branton Box
as Bouncer
Brennan Foenix
as Paramedic
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Critic Reviews for The Purge: Anarchy

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (37)

I'm completely on board with the horror action, but this sequel really points out the glaring thematic flaws.

September 1, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

A nasty little B-picture, unashamed of its exploitation roots.

July 26, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The action sequences are well judged throughout. But we never get any closer to understanding which end of the fence the film-makers sit at.

July 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Purge films are the kind of lean, clever exploitation pics that you could imagine Roger Corman making in an earlier era.

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

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

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

This series combines smarts and shocks in a disarming manner. From small beginnings, it could be a lasting franchise - this entry is a satisfying, hardboiled genre picture.

July 24, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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