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Purge, The: Anarchy (15)

Action, Horror, Thriller

A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

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The critical consensus

A patchy but proficient enough action movie, The Purge: Anarchy is a welcome expansion of the first film's concept, and shrewdly fills a void as one of the few adult-orientated action films in the family-friendly summer schedule.

***(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 22/07/2014

The politics are surprisingly complex, in the way that a jigsaw puzzle missing its biggest pieces is hard to solve.

**(*)(*)(*)David Ehrlich, Little White Lies, 24/07/2014

For Universal, the franchise is a low-risk work-in-progress, but DeMonaco is improving as a shotmaker: this entry just about plays, albeit on the level of a straight-to-DVD item or TV pilot.

***(*)(*)Mike McCahill, The Guardian, 24/07/2014

The originality and suspense have been used up long before the final reel, but one guesses this is a franchise that will run and run.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 24/07/2014

“No stars, more deaths!” would be an apt tagline for a sequel that delivers plenty of bang for your buck but could have done with being a touch more, well, anarchic.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 25/07/2014

Gleeful depictions of violent deaths rub shoulders with sledgehammer social commentary about this being an extreme expression of class warfare in a B-movie bloodbath that is tensely made but pretty vile.

**(*)(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 25/07/2014

If you can swallow the sinister logic, the picture is a nastily efficient thriller with some tense set-pieces and queasy revelations.

***(*)(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 27/07/2014

Class-war potshots distract attention from this follow-up's shaky plot, but it still resembles an exploitation film.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 27/07/2014

Features about Purge, The: Anarchy (15)

Interview: producer Jason Blum

Niki Boyle, The List, 22/07/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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