Friday, July 1, 2016

The Purge: Election Year (R/165 Min.)

Most people will agree that sequels are never as good as the original.  That holds true here but if you liked the first two Purges, you’ll like this one too. 

In The Purge: Election Year, Senator Charlie Roan is running for President and stands a pretty good chance of winning; if she survives The Purge.  With the help of Leo Barnes, who we met in The Purge: Anarchy, she just might make it.

I’ve been asked why I like this type of movie.  Scary, fight-for-your-life kinds of movies.  My answer?  It’s an adrenaline rush minus the danger.  If I had my druthers, I would always pass on this kind of real-life experience.  And! I would definitely NOT want to watch any of that happen to real people.  The un-realness of it is the main draw for me.  Or it was.  Sadly, in the last few years, more and more people are calling for a Purge.  A real, live Purge.  Here.  In America.  I think this had an affect on my viewing experience this time around.  It was hard to sit back and accept this as “just a movie”.  It made it scarier, which is probably what the movie people were going for; just probably not for the reason they expected.

While Election Year is more like Anarchy in that it focuses on several different groups of people, it did have a main target as seen in the original Purge.  Senator Roan wants to end the Purge and many people would rather she didn’t.  What better way to stop her than to take advantage of the one night of the year in which she can be taken out with no repercussions?  Leo Barnes is determined that this will not happen.  Joe Dixon is the owner of a local deli and Marcos is an employee who will stand by him to protect the shop or Joe himself, if needed.  Laney Rucker is determined to protect them all.

I liked all of the main characters.  They served a purpose and I didn’t feel like the movie would have been fine without them.  The Senator was overboard stubborn but, other than that, I don’t think I’d have a changed any of the main cast.  Except for Dante Bishop, the leader of a group of people who would do almost anything to end the Purge, I found quite a bit lacking in the supporting cast.  The Freakbrides, the foreign tourists, and the blue-robed guy (great description, I know) in the church were all so over-the-top that it was almost graphic novel-like.  Which, in my opinion, was not quite a bad thing.

This movie is very much not for children, despite what the parents of the three-year-old who was in attendance at this showing thought.  I’m still reeling from the knowledge that she experienced that.  The violence alone gave the movie its rating.  If you’ve seen the first two films, you know the kind of violence I’m talking about.  It’s not a gunshot here and there with hardly any blood kind of movie.  This is a people getting their faces blown off kind of movie. And while it included plenty of cussing, it had a lot less than I expected; especially considering what was happening.  If I’d been going through any of those situations, I’d have given Samuel L. Jackson a run for his money. 

I would recommend this to anyone who has seen the other Purges or who like anarchy-type films.  If you, like me, enjoy danger-free adrenaline rushes, you might like this movie. If you stick mainly to sunshine and lollipops kinds of movies, this is so not for you.  And, please, for the love of all that’s good and right in the world, do NOT take your children to see this!!!

There is nothing after the credits.  Why are you sitting in a dark theater after a movie like this?  Go home!

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