Film Review: “The Purge: Election Year” (2016) ★★★★


Every time I watch James DeMonaco`s previous part of The Purge, I always find myself asking the same question: how lucky we are to not have such a day in real life, otherwise, with all those shootings we soon would have lost the entire population. It means, nowadays people are so hungry for blood that it’s better not to give them an opportunity to purge.…

The opening scene of The Purge: Election Year once again reminds the viewer the real purpose of having a purge night – to kill all poor people, reduce housing, population, welfares and many other things that government is no longer interested in taking care of. Here is the senator, Senator Charlie Roan, portrayed by Elizabeth Mitchell who advocates against the purge night and promises to stop the violence once she becomes the president of the United States. However, her ambitions put a target on her back, and soon during the purge night she finds herself hunted by the government which does not want the rules to be changed….

It also reveals that eighteen years ago before the events take place in the film, the senator’s family were killed right before her eyes. Knowing the taste of great loss, the woman is determined to open people’s eyes and look at the situation from a different perspective.  Frank Grillo, who returns to the third installment of The Purge, portrays senator’s head security chief, who along with her and newly made friends try to survive the assassination night.

It is also fascinating to see how James DeMonaco has improved in this film, as the subject matter he touches here becomes more painful than ever. He precisely describes the American dream in the film, and how soon the great country becomes a murder tourist zone where people from all over the world come to America to experience the purge night. Good or bad, seeing anger in people’s face, this storyline provided by thoughtful writer/filmmaker gives you food for thought, which I must say, is unusual for the horror film genre.

Every scene built in the film is clever, while the dark photography creates an absolute horrifying environment you would not like to be a part of. Through intelligent lines written by DeMonaco, the film slightly touches upon real life, bringing up the issues that should be stopped now by any cost, if we don’t want them escalated to a whole different level. He also well describes the animal nature of a human beings that would be great if it would remain undiscovered. But I guess DeMonaco wanted to highlight that in a way to open people’s mind as a dangerous path we all have entered.  Indeed, The Purge: Election Year itself is not a great idea, but the film itself works so well that it won’t leave you alone even long after you watch it.

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