A dystopian adventure and pure thriller in the most hyper-imaginative of ways, TPA takes our lens to its most epic background: an urban jungle and city of violence beyond the safety of home – w. epic action, great characterization-depth/castings, wildly-disturbing imagery, and far more exposition on the franchise’s USA, Christianity, classism, and sociology-analytical themes; the best Purge movie by far. 8.5/10.
Plot Synopsis: One night per year, the government sanctions a 12-hour period in which citizens can commit any crime they wish — including murder — without fear of punishment or imprisonment. Leo, a sergeant who lost his son, plans a vigilante mission of revenge during the mayhem. However, instead of a death-dealing avenger, he becomes the unexpected protector of four innocent strangers who desperately need his help if they are to survive the night.
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Pros: Way more horrorful imagery and Purge-centered events (fixing the biggest complaints from the last one), more situations you can invest in like the couple who’s wires are cut and stranded outside on Purge night, even scarier masks and costumes, crazier Purge antics and innovative ideas, great decision to have the film centered outside in the madness instead of inside away from it, Frank Grillo as Barnes is badass and incredible acting as well as character development in the end, artful tone and political thriller motif that reimagines it on a new level while still maintaining the best part of the idea: the macabre and antics/situations, incredible artful credits sequence
Cons: Far too many characters, still not horror form – artful political thriller which is good just not what we asked for/suspected originally, wish the ending was a little better – like the character development but Grillo’s son deserved a little more justice