The Purge: Anarchy
Rotten Watch Prediction
Waiting with bated breath for the sequel to The Purge (38%)? Me neither. And rest assured, neither was anyone else. I don’t often mention the audience score for a movie in these writeups, but in this case it’s worth mentioning that the "people" gave it a resounding 37% on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s one thing to have critics pan a flick while the target audience eats it up. This isn’t the case here. Everyone seems to have hated the first one. What does a studio do? Roll it back man!

Take a look at this trailer for the sequel, The Purge: Anarchy,



But hey, we all follow the dollar signs, and the original did make a bunch at the box office from a very small production budget. So we get another night of purging, this time with even more anarchy! Where the original confined itself to one house and family waiting out the purge, the sequel sets out for a night on the town. Replete with killing, raping, more killing, presumably more raping and whatever the hell else the studio thought it could get away with in 100 minutes of bedlam.

Jason DeMonaco is back after directing the original. These are his first two big budget directorial gigs and it seems, at least from a payday perspective, he’s doing just fine. But critically? I think this thing will bomb. It’d be shocking if it outpaced the first one which was at least an innovative idea. This one looks like a thousand other action films. Renegade is out for revenge, helps some people, takes down some baddies and probably dies in the process of saving innocents. That’d be my guess at least. I think critics purge it themselves and come down hard. Beyond my Rotten Tomatoes prediction, I’ll also go on a limb and say this is the last one we see of the series.

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