The fears and nightmares of a troubled nation have wormed their way into The Purge: Election Year, an odd and interesting film that’s part dystopian satire, part shameless slasher movie. It’s set in the not too distant future, and is the third in a series of uneven but surprisingly brainy horror movies that explore America’s strange and ongoing addiction to violence while simultaneously exulting in it.
At a televised debate, Senator Roan invokes Lincoln, urging “the better angels of our nature” to hold sway at the coming ballot. But shopkeeper Joe Dixon (Mykelti Williamson), who’s watching on television from behind his counter, has heard it before. Harking back to a certain other campaign built on promise, he mutters: “Hope can lead to a lot of let-downs.”
You know what’s coming, and that’s part of the fun. Purge Night rolls around. Senator Roan is targeted by forces in the employ of… Well, guess… Read more