The sequel keeps the first film’s lame premise that once a year, for 12 hours, anyone can commit any crime—including murder—with no legal consequences. Fortunately, director James DeMonaco opts against a retread of the home-invasion scenario and opens things up by taking us out to the mean, murderous streets.

The result is the rare sequel that’s better than the original (but don’t take that as a recommendation), about a quintet of people (led by a good Frank Grillo) trying to survive out there. Film is best as a simple, old-school actioner, but turns dopey fast when attempting political commentary. (103 min)