‘Everything Wrong With The Purge: Anarchy’ Challenges the Logic About a Movie Where All Crime Is Legal

What's a fitting punishment for a movie where everything is allowed?
The Purge Anarchy
"The Purge: Anarchy"

If you exercised your right as an American to Purge this weekend, the latest “Everything Wrong With…” video may not before you. Cinema Sins’ latest target is 2014’s “The Purge: Anarchy,” the second installment in writer/director James DeMonaco’s dystopian franchise about a near-future in which all crime is legal for a 12-hour period once a year.

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First on the tally is the sequel’s very premise: that the annual event has somehow reduced crime rates while improving the economy. From there it’s a cavalcade of leaps in logic and narrative inconsistencies, like why it is that an anti-Purge resistance movement’s website is uncensored under an authoritarian regime and the fact that so many otherwise-defenseless people in these movies are opposed to hiding when the occasion calls for it. Since, you know, people always respond to these situations in completely rational ways.

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The total tally of nitpicking “sins” is 141. Coming up with an appropriate sentence was presumably difficult, giving the “Purge” series’ sense of justice.

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