The Purge: Anarchy - Recap Review

What's good

- Cat-and-mouse-chases on a bigger scale
- More interesting protagonists and antagonists
- Shows different perspectives and actual protest movements against the Purge

What's bad

- The general premise is still incredibly far fetched and quite illogical
- Some weird plot holes thrown into the story, that could've easily been left out
- Few actual deaths and fairly light brutality rarely establish any true sense of danger for the protagonists


- Why are high class people bidding on the right to kill somebody, when everybody is free to kill whoever he wants during the Purge?

The Verdict

Though its general premise is still extremely fat fetched, silly and quite illogical, The Purge: Anarchy is nevertheless a few steps superior over its predecessor.
Instead of being limited to a single home, devolving the predecessor to a standard home invasion movie, The Purge: Anarchy takes the story onto a much larger scale. Therefore, it not only includes an actual protest movement against the Purge itself, but most notably also includes several different characters with their own distinct backstory that mixes things up nicely.
Yet, despite the fact that the protagonists now find themselves outside of their safe homes on the streets roamed by Purgers, there somehow still never arises a true sense of danger for the protagonists. Keeping in mind that The Purge: Anarchy wants to be a horror flick, it should've simply hit much harder by showing off more graphic brutality, violence and way more deaths of relevant characters to establish an effective sense of threat.

For what it's worth, The Purge: Anarchy is still a fairly silly yet entertaining movie that nevertheless is superior compared to its predecessor. Focussing on more dynamic chases on the streets during the Purge, The Purge: Anarchy certainly has its effective moments here and there. Although it's certainly much more of a thriller movie than the horror movie it wants to be, The Purge: Anarchy will not necessarily convert non-believers of the franchise, yet will surely entertain fans of the first one.


Final Verdict: 5 out of 10

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