The Purge: Election Year Review

(R)

Directed By: James DeMonaco

Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson          

Parking Lot Review

This wasn’t a terrible movie. The plot and the script and all the performances were just fine. I like the idea that the movies are based on. I enjoyed the imagery and costumes involved with the people who were purging. Ultimately there just wasn’t any characterization or meaningful development of any of the people who were pro purge. Its as if the movie was written as a zombie film but instead of zombies there are people who purge. It just didn’t make sense to me. I needed the people who took part in the purge to have a meaningful reason to take part just like the heroes had reasons to protest it. There was decent action and a couple jump scares but I didn’t care for the movie because I didn’t care much for the characters involved. If I don’t care about the characters than I need the action to be heart-stoppingly epic or the scares to cause blood curdling screams. This movie was no where good enough to write off the enemy’s pathos. However if you are a fan of the Purge franchise than you will probably enjoy this one.

-Chris

Rating: 2.8/5

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