Film #217: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

purge3director: James DeMonaco
language: English
length: 115 minutes
watched on: 4 Aug 2016

My friend was in a horror movie mood when we went over to her house in August. I was a bit apprehensive, but it turned out fine. Actually this isn’t really horror, it’s more of a gory thriller where everyone is maimed in inventive ways. Well, that’s okay then…

The premise is that once a year, there is a “purge” in America, when all crime is made legal for one day and the country descends into chaos. This movie is the third in the series (apparently) and has a political bent to it – one of the main characters is a woman hoping to overthrow the fascists in charge and ban the Purge. Sounds a bit familiar…

The premise is patently ridiculous, but it did lead to conversations like “What would you do if there was a Purge?” (I’d try to hide!) and “What way would you like to go?”, and other such morbid questions. It was also as trashy as I expected but in an enjoyable way, and it was fun to watch.

I’ve heard the other movies in the series are better, though – the first one is home-invasion horror, for instance. This is more of a caper, with very light political satire thrown in. It’s no classic, but it’ll entertain.


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