THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR
BY THE COMMANDER
2 (out of 4 stars)
If you missed out on The Purge (2013) and the follow up, The Purge: Anarchy (2014) well here's your chance to see what you've been missing.
The Purge was an interesting concept. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, it was totally different than all other movie plots. The premise is that once a year, for 12 hours, any crime is legal, including murder. This was a way of removing all built up anger and hostilities against each other, to ensure a peaceful life amongst American citizens. The only people exempt were politicians and government officials.
The Purge, with a meager budget of $3M, did an incredible box office of $64M domestic and $24M foreign. That’s a worldwide box office of $98 million or almost 30 times its budget—a true Hollywood success story.
So as a follow up on its success, DeMonaco then wrote and directed The Purge: Anarchy, which cost $9 million, but still did $111 million worldwide or 11 times its budget. When you're on a roll, you might as well make it three times the charm, and so DeMonaco once again wrote and directed the purge election-year.
It's pretty much the same synopsis. Let’s kill somebody! I got me one! BINGO! YAHTZEE! However, the main difference in this version is that no one is exempt from the Purge. It's now OK to kill anybody: politicians, police, firefighters, ambulance workers, the President and even Donald J. Trump (sorry Bill, Bernie and Hillary, you’re just not that popular on the Purge Hit List).
The Purge: Election Year has Frank Grillo, reprising his role as Leo Barnes, who has risen from police sergeant to chief of security for presidential hopeful, Senator Charlie Roan, who has been targeted for death by the current governmental establishment.
I'm a fan of Frank Grillo and his performances in the Captain America series where he plays a great tough guy and has a wonderful presence on screen. Elizabeth Mitchell, who plays Senator Charlie Roan, is a wishy-washy character that really can't make up her mind about killing, even when she nearly avoids death multiple times. Get with the program already! After all, this is the annual Purge, where everything is LEGAL!
Well, what can I say? U.S. theatergoers just can't get enough violence, muggings, beheadings, mob riots and murder. Even Europe and Asia are getting into the act with their box office numbers growing with each new release of The Purge film series.
I liked this movie for the non-intelligent scenes. I don't understand why anyone didn’t have an Uzi or AK-47, and didn't mow down 47 people, like what happens in real life—but then again, this is a movie. You have to expect some fiction.
Bottom line, if you like violence and wish you could ‘Purge,’ then this is your movie. If you abhor violence, go see Finding Dory, everyone else did!