Friday, July 1, 2016
The Purge: Election Year 
The Purge: Election Year  (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  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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