Perhaps the best thing about The Purge: Anarchy is its not-so-veiled criticism of the violence that the aggressive policies of the National Rifle Association (NRA) lead to. But even if you despise the Second Amendment, and there are many people out there who do, this film still wouldn’t be worth the trouble.
Opening almost exactly one year after the immensely successful The Purge, which was made on a budget of just 3 million dollars and went on to earn 90 million dollars, this sequel doesn’t just have more words in the title and more money to spend, it had less talent than the already desperate original. But maybe we are being too hard on that first film. After all, it did have Ethan Hawke in a major role. Let’s take a moment to step back and take a refresher course in purging.
In the first film, the director dealt with some themes of violence as entertainment and even touched on aspects of morality in the mayhem, but he had some terrible actors and a truly ghastly screenplay that didn’t develop any of its ideas. In this sequel, the director once again has a bad screenplay, but this time his actors are the worst thing about the production.
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(Still of Keith Stanfield in The Purge: Anarchy. © 2014 – Universal Pictures)