The Purge: Election Year full movie review - Is the Purge: Election Year, watchable? I voted yes. Still, it's a bit meh.
Like I say before, I don't get how the Purge, honestly works in this films. Killing the poor doesn't make the economy great. It makes it worse, as there is less people to work and run the rich people's companies.
I guess, we can say, the government of the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) were lying, about the purge working, but it doesn't explain why people would go along with this, for so long!? Also, it doesn't explain, why people would wait to vent their negative emotions for one day that crime is all legal, and emergency service are suspended, instead of the other 364 days. Anger, Lust, and Greed is an impulse reaction that most human cannot control, even if some of the purgers is highly train and uber-religionist. People will act upon their dark side, no matter if it's the day of the purge or not. It also doesn't explain, how crazy people with mental instability, are able to wait for the Purge to commit crimes. It doesn't add up. There should be always going to be rule-breakers and people that act on impulse. Yet, the movie acts like, there isn't, besides few minor crimes. Still, I think this sequel directed and written by James DeMonaco, does a better job than the original 2013's 'Purge', in showing that a world with the Purge could existed. However, like its predecessor, 2014's 'The Purge: Anarchy'; "Purge: Election Year' open new plot-holes that it cannot close. Good examples are like how foreign fighters are allow to purge and how anti-purgers, Americans just doesn't leave the country. Also, since the country is in total chaos. What stopping any foreign country from commanding a direct military invasion, during it and taking over? I just think, the purge is too outrageous to honestly work. This film was originally intended to be a prequel, telling the story of how the very first Purge got started, but this idea was scrapped when Frank Grillo accepted James DeMonaco's offer to reprise the character of Sergeant Leo Barnes. Still, as a franchise, I like how the Purge series has evolved from a generic house invasion movie to semi-OK, action thriller. All of the outdoor night action scenes were great, with everybody pulling their weight. It's nice to see Frank Grillo return, as he was amazing in every sequence, he was in. Also, it looks like his character, discovered the fountain of youth, because he doesn't look like he aged in 18 years. Yet, some of the violent action was a bit over the top, and highly sexism. Plus, I don't think the movie knows, how political works as well. Let's just say, somehow the Purge; a 12 hour time-period where most crime including murder is legal was able to be, passed by Constitutional Amendment. That means, for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), she doesn't had to be, president to stop the purge. She just have to get congress and 2/3 majority of State Legislatures to repeal the Amendment. So why is she running for President!? As commander in chief, she really has no power to stop that. Also, her running for president, doesn't make any sense in this world; seeing how the NFFA overthrows the old government and establish a new totalitarian government and a police state. So why is there, even an election? Even if there was, seeing how election-day has been moved from November to May, that means that the NFFA has unprecedented control over all three branches of government. There is no way that she can become president. Unless, something big happen, between the eighteen years since the last movie's events and this film, in the world of politics, in which this movie doesn't mention. So, I don't get why the NFFA felt the need to assassinate her. While, I champion 'the Purge' series for furthers shifting away from being a straight horror film franchise with its offering an allegory about where our nation might be headed. I just wish the discussion of politics, socioeconomics, sexism, racism, were just a little better told. Don't get me wrong, the film is entertaining, but it's not very smart. It delivers the issues with irritatingly broad simplistic. It kinda shallows. In essence, DeMonaco's so-called political satire of the 2016's presidential election is also not that good. It's not really that subtle in which, this movie is trying to jab at. The over the top acting from some of these craze villains are so annoying bad, that it's bad, in an unwatchable sake. The movie still mostly works, despite that, since most of them, meet their ends. However, I don't think they had great reasons to dress up and purge. A good example is Kimmy (Brittany Mirable), the leader of the teenage girl purgers. Her reason for purging is just because of a candy bar. I get that she's crazy, but what type of a crew would follow her. Who would risk, their life for her, for something so mundane!? It's not well-define. The good guy supporting characters are also not well-define, besides Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge). Don't get me wrong, they're very likable, but gees, they make really bad decisions. The worst, had to be, Joe Dixon (Mykelti Williamson), the proud but struggling owner of a convenience store who agrees to abandon his deli after a raid, only for later to try to return to it. Why would he do that? Because of decisions like that, the plot structure for this film, plays out, very oddly. I don't get how the government was able to find and attack the hideout of some of the heroes of the story, yet doesn't know nor warn the NFFA leaders, about the rebels' plans, afterward. I just wish, the movie did better in the story structure. Something similar to how 1967 Star Trek, Season 1, Episode 21, 'Return of the Archons' did theirs. Overall: 'The Purge: Election Year' is a thrill-ride, worth taking. It's not too much of an oaf in office.