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The Purge: Anarchy 2014 ***

A well-imagined expansion of the annually lawless society featured in The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy expands horizons beyond the home invasion featured in the Ethan Hawke low-budget thriller and takes Frank Grillo and Carmen Ejogo, two terrific performers too often relegated to bit part roles. Here they fight their way across a city reeking of murderous intent; if the final twists tip events into Hostel territory, the terseness, occasional brutality, and general air of angry desperation make for a strong thriller that requires no knowledge of the previous film whatsoever. If anything, Anarchy works better on its own terms.

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