Friday, July 1, 2016

The Purge: Election Year [2016]

MPAA (R)  Fr. Dennis (1/2 Star)

IMDb listing

The Purge: Election Year [2016] (written and directed by James DeMonaco), the third in this base franchise is a film that I could not bring myself to watch. 

I did view and review the original film The Purge [2012] in the series.  However, I saw no positive value to viewing / reviewing the sequel that appeared a year later  And despite a certainly having a seductive title (of sorts) playing to frustration (and encouraging cynicism) in our country with the current state of our election process, I similarly could not find positive reason to view / review the current film. 

I do give the film 1/2 Star because I do believe that the franchise does apparently speak to a frustration existing today in society, otherwise I don't believe that the original film and its sequels would have had box office success to justify (financially) the continuation of the series.  I fully expect the current film "to do well" (financially).  I just do hope that the more-or-less inevitable fourth film will prove to be a flop.

Yes, there is frustration in the land.  But do we need to exploit it for monetary gain?  And if we do, does this not approach making a living through blood money?  Call this film (and the films of this series) essentially a kind of porn:  AT BEST these films "dissipate" anger / frustration present in their viewers.  AT WORST they may actually encourage more violent acting out in society and ALMOST CERTAINLY they _further_ degrade our consciences and further numb us to the shock of violence (making violent behavior appear ever more acceptable).

Folks, this is not a good slope to be going down...

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