By Dakota Smith (Texas)


The idea of a movie with the plot that is simple and terrifying all at once: one night a year, you get to do whatever you want, include murder, without humanly repercussion. This idea could have made a great franchise of movie. Instead, the franchise went from pretty good to almost unwatchable. The first movie, I must say, wasn’t bad. The characters were believable, the masks of the killers were quite scary, and it kept me on the edge of my seat. The second movie was a letdown. The first centered on a home invasion while the next was out on the streets of LA. When I thought about lawless LA, I pictured gangs roaming the streets, people in groups on drugs hunting victims down, gun fire heard throughout, and an all our rampage of murder and other forms of crime. Instead I got one shot of one gang, one shot of a firefight, and the roaming people with intention to kill was all in slow motion at the beginning to show that the Purge has started.

The two major villains were a motocross gang (which looked and could have been pretty cool/scary) and the government; and the guys on the bikes don’t even kill anyone. It was followed by a political turn in the movie that thinks all white people are terrible and they’re the only ones crazy enough to want to purge (with the exception of one black person so viewers like me didn’t get to say things like that). The third movie’s trailer came out and, like with the others, looked like it could have been scary, thrilling, and fun to watch, yet again I was let down. The trailer, although very political, showed Senator Charlie Roan being hunted down because she is out on Purge night and she wants to make a law to get rid of the Purge itself.

I once again made an assumption. My mind though “Okay. In this one she’ll be chased by, 1. The government which wants to eliminate her due to her view towards the purge, 2. Every crazy person out to kill just because she is out and vulnerable, 3. A gang instructed by the government to find and kill her because she threatens their right to purge.” I was again almost wrong on my assumption. The streets were, again, nearly empty and the gang that is on all of the promotional posters (The uncle Sam, statue of liberty, Lincoln, and the rest of the American themed gang, to whom I thought looks fairly well put together and thought out) were killed off within 2 minutes of their appearance.

The rest of the movie is a bunch of political messages that don’t even bother to be subliminal, for example, most of the people fighting against the purge, are black, every single founding father (made the purge) is white. Even the slogan for the movie is a political slander that panders to people because they think it’s the right thing to think and will make them more money at the box office. “Keep America Great” saying that if you are crazy enough to vote for Trump, you are crazy enough to want to kill and have lawlessness for a night. The people that go after the senator are KKK? Nazis? I really don’t know since they put every symbol seen as racist as possible on their shirts (the swastika was backwards by the way).

With all the political nonsense aside, the movie was a bore and downright hard to watch. This was due to the political agenda that was constantly crowding you, the lack of violent purgish actions for a movie that has the idea that you could do whatever you want, and the bad writing.

Rating: 2/5



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