The Purge: Anarchy

The Purge Anarchy Flag Banner Poster Landscape Stars Stripes Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel G., Michael K. Williams

The Purge Anarchy: America remains a prosperous and healthy nation thanks to the continuation of The Purge – a 12-hour window where, once a year, all crime is legal. Instead of a single home invasion this is spread over a metropolitan ‘downtown’ area over several families & plots, which come together in order to form a ‘multi-racial, rich-and-poor misfit bunch fighting against the odds’ scenario – luckily for the gang there’s a gruff anti-hero among them. This leaves the film creeping into more generic survival thriller territory; however what’s lost in immediate plot is compensated for with a more interesting take on the purge itself, seeing the bigger picture with military contractors, organised protection, organised crime, class wars, and flat-out buying poor people to butcher all coming into play here. Retaining its real-world and ‘realistic’ roots really help generate and maintain a sustained sense of threat, and the world is unquestionably dystopian and off-kilter enough to feel creepy throughout – other than the central characters everyone else feels like a dark caricature. Ultimately, The Purge movies work best if you buy into the conceit; for me the concept is brilliant and Anarchy is more ambitious and interesting than the previous purge, but in doing so becomes a little bit more familiar.

Score: 8/10

The Purge Anarchy Group Misfits Punisher Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford, Kiele Sanchez, Zoë Soul, Justina Machado, John Beasley, Jack Conley, Noel G., Michael K. Williams,

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10 comments
  1. natashalpu said:

    The Purge: Anarchy is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Thanks for the review!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Thanks for stopping by! They seem to be very divisive movies, depending on how much people believe in the concept.

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  2. I really enjoyed this even though I haven’t seen the first one. Frank Grillo is an underrated actor

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Yup – he seems to be on a bit of a streak, and is coming back for PURG3…. or whatever they end up calling it.

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  3. I started watching the first one the other day and have yet to finish it, I think the storyline is really good but slightly disturbing and I will look out for the second one as well. Thanks for the review!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Good stuff, thanks for stopping by. How did you get on with Purge 1? If you enjoyed it, definitely check out Purge 2!

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  4. Sean said:

    I’m intrigued by this. Haven’t seen either of these (I think there are two?) but the concept sounds interesting. Thanks for the review!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      The other Purge review should be in the related Links above. Definitely worth checking out if you like the idea – as both films are very different, but executed well.

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  5. Dan O. said:

    Good review. It’s better than the first which, then again, isn’t saying much.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I really liked the first one because it was so tight (although the kid was annoying). Loved this one for expanding on the idea, and can’t wait for PURG3

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