★★☆☆☆ – The latest Purge offers nothing new or interesting, instead spewing out confused moralistic standpoints dressed up in a distracting aesthetic.
The latest, but certainly not greatest, installment to hit screens from director James DeMonaco came just in time for this years hot-button topic of the American election – but sadly isn’t quite as scary as Trump being in power. Regurgitating a tired and poorly explored parallel universe once more, The Purge: Election Year seems to confuse itself with the moral highground it tries to take. Pulling the problems of crime, class, and colour into one messy narrative only seems to promote stereotypical character tropes. There’s the overridingly hypocritical notion of ‘violence deters violence’ – guns and killing is bad, unless you’re wiping out some bad guys with a particularly impressive…guillotine?