One of the most fun parts of the summer months is summer blockbusters. And in addition to the bevy of superhero movies which are flying into theaters this summer, there are also some quality horror flicks that are sure to scare the crap out of audiences. The next horror movie that will jump scare moviegoers is the third entry of the Purge franchise, The Purge: Election Year.
While the third movie will expand the world we've come to know over the years, it's also important to look back to the last sequel in preparation. CinemaSins has done just that, and found a ton of problems you might have missed during the first view. Check it out.
While I really loved The Purge: Anarchy when I saw it in theaters, I can't argue with the inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and lack of logic during some of these moments. Then again, most horror movies are rife with this problem so perhaps I shouldn't beat myself up too badly. Let's explore the points that the folks at CinemaSins are so worked up about.
To start, it's clear that the character Liz is little more than a narrator for the audience. She is consistently a source for expositional dialogue, and is often asking questions that she certainly would know the answer to if she were fighting for her life. I barely noticed this upon first watching, but seeing all of her stupid lines compiled into this video really hammered home how useless she and Shane (Friday Night Lights actor Zach Gilford) were throughout the entirety of the movie. Except when they all pulled an Annie Oakley and blew up that car in the subway.
Additionally, this video really hammered in how terrible the characters were at attempting to survive the annual Purge. The group is super loud for people who don't want to be noticed by the scary gang following them around Los Angeles. Additionally, the group each make some seriously poor decisions that probably would have guaranteed their murder in normal circumstances. Liz and Shane decide to travel (and stop at a local grocery store) just minutes before the Purge commenced. Eva and Cali had a gun in their apartment but left it on the table, rather than carrying it around just in case. And Frank Grillo's Leo Barnes, while a total badass, traveled through the heart of LA when his target was in the burbs.
The Purge: Election Year does seem like possibly the best addition to the franchise yet. The third film will focus on the government systems that have been built to allow the annual kill-fest that is The Purge. When one Senator and Presidential frontrunner, played by Lost alum Elizabeth Mitchell, attempts to dismantle The Purge, her colleagues on Capitol Hill decide to use the night of chaos to take her out. Luckily Frank Grillo's character from Anarchy makes a reappearance as her head of security, and the two will presumably have a harrowing adventure together. Also returning to the franchise is Dwayne, The Stranger who starred in the first film, and made a cameo in Anarchy.
The Purge: Election Year will fire its way into theaters beginning July 1st, 2016. Just in time for The Fourth of July.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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