The Purge 3: An American Nightmare or An Imminent Reality?
Clearly the worst timing to be watching this kind of movie I know (we ve been praying for way too many tragedies we ve lost track, let's face it) however The Purge: Election Year feels one of the most relevant movies to date. The concept? The American Dream is still alive and the economy still booming thanks to one given day per year where people are allowed to kill ie purge without boundaries. Of course, in the name of sacrifice for peace, the victims used to be the poor and hopeless, thus doing some spring cleaning for the government. This time around, all eyes (and knives) on the new peaceful yet radical presidential candidate. Undoubtedly more cheesy than its ancestors, Purge 3 lacks the sophistication, build up in horror and an occasional regulation hottie with basic acting skills such as Ethan Hawke. Of course, the twisting of iconic american symbols such as a horrifying Uncle Sam, a demented Statue of Liberty that looks like a great Snapchat filter as well as Neo Nazi memorabilia (look at the uniforms of the Founding Fathers) are visual cues that are definitely on point.
However the film is based on a fundamental, scary truth: our civilisation is fragile and can turn into a world of savages at any point. Fear overrules any given rational train of thought in the average person's head and it is the perfect ground for propaganda to plant its seed and grow. Case in point for example, Trump's campaign is not far from smartly twisting some given facts into a universal reality (do terrorists really have one race/one religion?) Mix that with the ever praised celebrity culture (who didn't watch The Apprentice) and you might have a winning recipe that will (if it hasn't already) ignite global turmoil. The only question left to answer is how far away from The Purge are we?