BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: The Purge: Anarchy Reviews
By Dr. Know on July 18th, 2014
Critic Reviews for The Purge: Anarchy
Grillo’s performance will make you wonder why he didn’t start headlining movies like this before turning 50; his is the soft-spoken kind of charisma that helped make half of the Expendables into stars back in the ’80s and ’90s.
The Purge: Anarchy is basically a slasher movie in which society is the deranged killer. It plays like it’s already a grindhouse classic – dark, dirty, and disreputable.
“The Purge: Anarchy” is more in line with what people going to a “Purge” movie would want out of a “Purge” movie.
It is better than the first film in almost every way but that doesn’t mean it’s appreciably smarter or has appeal to those who like meat on their action-oriented bones.
Government-sanctioned mayhem continues unabated in the follow-up to last year’s surprise hit The Purge, but the wickedly satiric sense of humor that made the original worth watching is nowhere to be found.
The Purge films are resolutely trash, but they can be great trash if you let them, and they really do tug at the fundaments of our psyche.
The action sequences are gritty, the dialogue isn’t half bad, and the film’s swift pace makes the 104 minutes fairly fly by.
The kind of bad movie that ought to be projected ugly. It is nothing more than exploitative, trashy satire, but it does work and is a more complete film than its predecessor.
Too often settles for horror cliches rather than focusing in on its thoughtful premise.
…the idea that a half-day of legal savagery would reduce crime or unemployment is ridiculous. But as a license for creating crisply told and politically resonant exploitation filmmaking, it’s close to perfect.
In “Anarchy,” the class issues hinted at in the Serling-esque original are brought to a lurid surface …
Somehow, the fact that writer/director James DeMonaco is more ambitious with his sequel makes it that much more disappointing.
They say politics is a bloodsport and The Purge: Anarchy takes that idea to a whole new level of extreme.
This one moves most of the action outdoors and — despite some credibility problems like before — is just good enough to earn a slight recommendation for those who like these sorts of pics. (Full Content Review for Parents also Available)
A fitting companion piece that doesn’t simply repeat the formula of its predecessor. Each are worthy of discussion and debate, both of them socially conscious, politically loaded allegories that just so happen to also pass for genre fare.