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MOVIE REVIEW: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

By John Roisland


Purge 3, aka The Purge: Election Year, is the third film in the Purge franchise. Released earlier this year (2016), The Purge: Election Year was written and directed by James DeManaco and brings to the screen a very grim look into the brutal possible future of government in America.

The original story line in what has now become a trilogy, starts a few years ago and introduces us to the Purge, where crime is legal 12 hours one day a year. Its purpose is for the American people to cleanse themselves of all anger and hatred by allowing them to hurt or kill anyone or anything on their Purge list. So, for example, if you hate your boss, on Purge night, you're legally allowed to kill him (or her) without consequence. From 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM, all 911 services are closed and no rules apply. You either lock yourself into hiding and pray for the best, or you go on a rampage and hope to survive. In the film, the Purge supposedly has resulted in the crime rate dropping drastically. And the unemployment rate has never been better because of it.

Well a few years later, The Purge: Election Year, coincidentally and perfectly timed out to be during our own American election year, we have two opposing government officials that are both running for office . One is pro Purge and one is obviously opposed of it, and opposed for very personal reasons such as of having had to watch her entire family be murdered in front of her on a Purge a few years prior. I guess you could just say in this political race, its a true fight too the finish . Now the Purge has gotten so popular, that even foreigners are even flying in for vacation on American soil just so they can join in in the Purge.

I, for one, absolutely love the concept of these films. I believe this to be the best of the three, and, in its own way, actually scares the Hell out of me. It's not that I think a Purge could ever really happen but just because of the possibilities of what the future could entail as far as Government rulings. I mean, look at how we in the US are now. Half of America hates the other, half are wanting to kill police officers, we have rioting in the streets, and all it would take is for the Government to declare that one day a year that's a Get Out of Jail Free card. You're actually allowed to do all the above and more without having legally committed a crime. Now of course, like I said, I don't honestly see it happening in my lifetime, and I pray for all my family and friends that something like this never does.


The film, while not a horror story about ghosts, goblins, The Boogeyman, or even Halloween-related, it does provide a dark look at the inner hatred that sits deep in all of us. It shows that you never know who you really can trust in humanity. There doesn't have to be any reason for your actions on Purge night - whether personal or just for the thrill of it, all crime is legal. For those reasons alone, The Purge: Election Year is pretty damn scary.

Even if you weren't a fan of the first two in the series do yourself a favor, give The Purge: Election Year a shot. As far as I can tell they did actually end the series with no huge cliffhangers, and I think they did a pretty good job of it.

If you do get the chance, ask yourself why you're watching it. What would you do? Would you purge?

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Posted by John Roisland

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