The Purge: Election Year Review

I would love to purge whichever lunatic intern decided to release this film on the 26th of August over here in the UK, after all, the damn thing was released in the USA on the first of July! And I can assure you that by this point in time, whatever deranged niche wanted this film has downloaded it, watched it and long since forgotten it.

But then again, missing the mark has so far been the entire trademark of this absolute giant clanking wide open goal. Because I love the idea behind this franchise! A night where all crime is legal (although everyone forgets about every other crime than murder) could have lead to all sorts of films about morality, ethics, the hero’s and the psychotics, bloody pulpy violence on the streets matched up by the people in cool rooms marketing an monitoring it. And instead, what have we been given?

A home invasion movie, a pretty poor remake of The Warriors and now this, the alleged end to this waste of a franchise.

And it is the closest to what I wanted from a purge movie. I wouldn’t recommend trying to follow the plot because its not important. Instead, treat this as a series of short films set over the same night. Because as an actual film, it’s a bit of a mess.

Is this character that’s had set up dialogue, theme music, and a bit of a personality the villain? Nope. Their dead.

Is it about the murder tourists that get not just a news broadcast but actual lines of dialogue spoken about them? Nope.

Ok then, I’ll settle for the generic racist thugs with unlimited ammo, tech and men. Like I have in so many films. ZZZzzzzz

And even leaving aside the fact that this film changed villains more than I change socks, this film still seems to be embarrassed by its own existence. It’s very poorly lit, with characters that i’ll be generous and call cardboard, but and I know this is going to seem ghoulish but it just wasn’t violent enough for me. I mean, this is a violent film with people getting shot, stabbed, cut and run over just for a few examples but it always cuts away as if that’s not what people paid their money to see.

I did like the fact that the same characters turned up and we get to see how these characters are surviving in their world but owing to the blandness of this series as a whole and a complete lack of interest on my part to watch the other films again I was often desperately trying to remember  who did what and why.

Overall, I left this film feeling vaguely annoyed because whilst this film is still the closest to what I wanted from this franchise, it’s still nowhere near the ultimate satire of the dog-eat-dog nature of capitalism in an extremely violent setting? That film, I’d buy for a dollar.

My Score- If Nothing Else


Let My Films Go!

The Shallows was released in the United States on the 29 of June. It’s due to be released in whatever’s left of the United Kingdom in August.

The Purge: Election Year was released in the United States on the 1st of July. Again, it’s due to be released in the United Kingdom in August.

The BFG (despite being written by noted British Author Roald Dahl) is slightly better- the 1st of July and 22nd of July respectively.

I could go on, but I think that this makes my point- Staggering movie release dates is (in this day and age) an exercise in complete and utter futility.

It used to make sense to release films region by region. It takes time to market a film and staggered releasing means that each market could be properly exploited. And in any case, each market was pretty isolated, so if the film did poorly in… say the USA, it could do perfectly respectable business in Europe and neither would ever have to know.

But then the internet hit.

And the world became faster.

In 2016, if a film is of low quality it’s takings can drop in days rather than weeks. In the age of Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and others, films have nowhere to hide. And more to the point, staggered releasing is (as far as i’m concerned) actively hurting films.

Those films I mentioned earlier? I could wait a few days, watch them online in HD quality and have my review good to go weeks before the official UK release date. I won’t, but I could. Other film lovers however, possess neither my Jedi like patience or Cineworld Unlimited card.

The end result?

The film gets watched online which results in it making less money in the box office and therefore less likely to spawn a sequel or encourage studios to invest in ‘riskier’ mid to low budget films.

Giving films a global release date ends all of these problems. Everybody gets access to it at the same time, meaning that if the film is of low quality it can make more money before word gets out. Similarly, if its a good film then people wont download it out of impatience.

What do you guys think?