The Purge: Election Year (R: James DeMonaco, USA/F 2016) ©universal
The Purge: Election Year (R: James DeMonaco, USA/F 2016) ©universal

The Purge: Election Year (USA/F 2016)


Keep America Great. The tagline of THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR is obviously designed to arouse attention in perspective of contemporary US political circumstances. The film itself however lacks in even properly living up to, i.e. alluding to the sentiments connoted with its gigantic tagline. What started out as a notable piece of contemporary social science fiction in THE PURGE, along with the transition of setting from the affluent neighborhood into the chasms of the city in the subsequent THE PURGE: ANARCHY, now reaches its end in ELECTION YEAR, as it does nothing else but utilizing already established diegetic tropes, hiding them behind a very mediocre story. An upcoming presidential candidate, herself close to having become a victim of the annual Purge in the past, now wants to enter the Oval Office in hopes of ending the carnage. Per se it had potential, yet the film fails in stating any significance of her character and is obsessively striving towards exploiting her to serve as a mere face of a twisted revolution. Another franchise cleansing itself off of the silver screen for good.



von Vasco V. Ochoa