Review in Brief: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

This would be a whole lot funnier if he hadn’t won. THE PURGE as a franchise didn’t exactly hit the ground running – the first movie was dull and clunky and not the least bit scary – but the franchise came into its own with the sequels. ANARCHY was angry and cuttingly satirical in addition to being a really tense thriller, and this trend continues with ELECTION YEAR, the horror for our troubled and uncertain times. It works really well as a chase movie, and while the villains are cartoony (they probably didn’t need the chief henchman to have “White Power” emblazoned across his body armour – the head tattoos were enough) but sometimes so are villains in the real world. Mostly the subtext is a hard-hitting accompaniment to some hardcore horror-action shootouts and some memorable imagery. Expect this franchise to have quite a life over the next few years, as long as Mad Max-meets-Dirty Harry Frank Grillo hangs around, and unless the filmmakers consider their battle a lost cause. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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