Get ready to unleash the beast, because it’s that time of the year again! Just in time for the 2016 elections, horror fans can look forward to another PURGE film over this year’s 4th of July weekend. This time, it’s not a family or the everyman that’s trying to survive the night; it’s a US senator trying to change the system that turns a dystopian America into a carnival of horrors for one night every year.
For those who haven’t seen the first two films, THE PURGE movies focus on the events of one night in a future dystopian America. Crime has all but been eliminated in this new society. This new found prosperity is attributed to, as the policymakers and the elite rich will tell you, to a single night each year where crime is made legal for a 12 hour period. Think of it as a one-night version of the Hunger Games, only all of America gets to participate (and much like the Hunger Games, the only way to win is not to play). If that sounds like an intriguing premise for a film, well prepare to be disappointed. For all the possibilities the idea behind the films have, it’s almost as though filmmakers didn’t know what to do with it when they began working on the first film, as the movie somehow turned into a basic home invasion film containing some not-so-subtle social commentary. I will admit, it’s an interesting turn for the series to take to follow one politician trying to abolish the annual Purge. Having experienced the horrors of the Purge firsthand, she seems to be the only voice of reason in a world where the rich seem perfectly content to watch as “undesirables” are eliminated on an annual basis. It gives us more of a glimpse at the administration responsible for perpetuating this atrocious annual tradition. It also has the potential to illustrate that the main thing complacent policymakers have to fear is a politically engaged populace, as it appears there are a number of ordinary citizens who flock to the senator’s aid when she goes on the run. My biggest problem with the trailer is that it looks like it gives away too much. We can tell a lot about the story from the short time the trailer has: senator wants to abolish the Purge; powerful people try to use the night as an opportunity to eliminate her; she and her body guard go on the run when her house is overtaken; ordinary people who believe in her message come to her aid; somewhere in the ensuing chaos she’s kidnapped by these powerful people and she’s put into a similar situation that made her rebel against the Purge in the first place; it’s then up to her bodyguard and the brave citizens to find and save her before it’s too late. That’s a lot of story beats to be given away so soon, and it’s way more than I really wanted to know about this movie after seeing the first trailer. Still, much like the other films, I have my doubts that the film will really deliver on the promise of its premise. That being said, I do feel like this is a step in the right direction for the series to take.
What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited to release the beast again this 4th of July, or will you be hiding in your home to wait it out? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
Can’t get enough of the trailer? Be sure to check out the first film on Amazon.com!