watched this as a bit of dumb fun and i got what i expected with an added splash of political cleverness. ultimately it's still a gore fest with the entire plot being driven by the fact that "holy shit there is another insane human being wanting to kill us for fun/monetary/political gain" BUT not as bad as I thought it would be.
How shalt thou kill? With a knuckle knife or an emergency vehicle? With the congregation watching or the drone? The neo-nazi breaks the (neo)nazi into pieces for a candy bar; she becomes a blonde angel for Florida when all the bawling's done. But then it's the end, and some white sand island awaits.
Finally the series is over. It was starting to look like a genre action/horror flick. And the first was quite solid, with a surprising premise. Enough to make me come back every time, with hopes of finding some dystopian substance. [edit, user sebekk has corrected me, there will be The Purge IV! why??? Just like Paranormal Activity, why ruin something good that needs no sequels?]
Two years ago, "The Purge: Anarchy" seemed like just another Blumhouse cheapie, a B-movie riff on "Battle Royale" at best. Flash forward to 2016 and "The Purge: Election Year" feels uncomfortably close to Trump's America. It's a shame, then, that this R-rated, ultra-violent exploitation flick strangely chooses to play it safe when it comes to addressing the virulent racism that lies under the surface of our culture.