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The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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Three groups of people intertwine and are left stranded in the streets on Purge Night, trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.

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James DeMonaco

Writers:

James DeMonaco, James DeMonaco (characters created by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Grillo ... Sergeant
Carmen Ejogo ... Eva Sanchez
Zach Gilford ... Shane
Kiele Sanchez ... Liz
Zoë Soul ... Cali
Justina Machado ... Tanya
John Beasley ... Papa Rico
Jack Conley ... Big Daddy
Noel Gugliemi ... Diego (as Noel G.)
Castulo Guerra ... Barney
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Carmelo (as Michael K. Williams)
Edwin Hodge ... Bloody Stranger
LaKeith Stanfield ... Young Ghoul Face (as Keith Stanfield)
Roberta Valderrama ... Lorraine
Niko Nicotera ... Roddy
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Storyline

A couple are driving home when their car breaks down just as the Purge commences. Meanwhile, a police sergeant goes out into the streets to get revenge on the man who killed his son, and a mother and daughter run from their home after assailants destroy it. The five people meet up as they attempt to survive the night in Los Angeles. Written by Anonymous

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United we purge See more »


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Rated R for strong disturbing violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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The film takes place from March 21 to March 22, 2023. See more »

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When the group goes to Tanya's house, the door is locked, and Tanya opens it. After they leave her apartment, Sergeant Leo Barnes goes outside to check on the situation, and comes back through the door, unlocked. The next scene involves the team using a saw to cut the bolt on the door. See more »

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Title Card: America. 2023. Unemployment is below 5%. Crime is virtually non-existent while every year fewer and fewer people live below the poverty line. All thanks to...
Title Card: The Purge: anarchy.
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Rack 'Em Up
Written by Matthew R. Corbett (as Matthew Corbett) and Mike Wilkie
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The Purge Sequel: Less Anarchic than the First
21 July 2014 | by camachbr0See all my reviews

Here is how I see it. The second installment (to what promises to be a yearly occurrence) of the Purge was a lot better than the first. But it isn't because The Purge: Anarchy is a significant film. It's because Writer/Director James DeMonaco is finally able to incorporate the underlying theme of class hierarchy that was completely misguided in its predecessor.

The big mistake with the first film was making it a trite home invasion thriller. With Anarchy, we explore the outside world during the 6th annual Purge, and it proves, without a doubt, to be ten times more thrilling and suspenseful. We see the nut cases in freaky masks (one with GOD written on it) wielding their weapons of choice. We see the upper class citizens holding each others hands reciting the "New Founding Fathers" motto that feels like some satanic cult. In our seats, we feel that we have to look around all at times, because there could be a killer ahead or behind us.

There are three revolving stories of people who are entering the night. One is Eva and Cali, a waitress and her daughter. There is Shane and Liz, a crumbling couple with no killer instincts at all. And then there is Leo, the sergeant, the "kick ass and take names" guy. Leo is out to revenge Purge. The others find themselves wandering the street. Leo winds up having to protect them. Will his generosity effect his main goal? Can Leo really save everyone? Frank Gillo makes for a very convincing and likable hero. While we watch and the story unfolds, we learn that The Purge, and its purgers, aren't so much anarchic as they are regulated.

With it's unique premise the Purge is always able to separate itself from the average horror/thriller film. Most importantly, Anarchy is a step up because it realizes its potential to be truly scary from the realism of its "legal murder" concept; rather than just bludgeoning people left and right. Unlike the first film, your instinctive fascination with such a nightmare concept will multiply here, not diminish or turn into a laughing stock.

I can recommend Purge Anarchy. Not only does it save what looked to be a profitable franchise, but it is a decent film too.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purge 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,816,675, 20 July 2014

Gross USA:

$71,962,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$111,928,365
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2.39 : 1
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