(This review may contain spoilers).
Having seen the previous two movies in this franchise, I was quite eager to be able to see this one. The trailer looked really intriguing and I especially liked the fact that Leo from the second movie would be making an appearance.
It was good to see the effects the Purge had on everyday citizens, such as when Joe had the price of his insurance driven up the day before the Purge. It was also interesting, if disturbing, to see the idea of the murder tourists; though I suspect that a lot of those who could afford to would have left the country altogether.
I thought it was good to see that this movie showed more of the politics involved in the Purge. I really didn’t like the Minister… but then again, it was hard to understand or connect emotionally with any of the founding fathers.
I liked the fact that this movie didn’t focus so much on the horror of the Purge, even though there were some very disturbing and gruesome scenes. I particularly hated seeing the people who were chained to the bonnets of cars. While I could see why people weren’t attempting to step in and help, it would have been good to see more in the way of varied reactions.
I liked Laney’s character especially, but I would have liked to learn a bit more of her past. It was interesting to see that she had a reputation… but I had zero sympathy for the two shoplifters who knew of her. At the same time, it was intriguing to see that, although the Purge was supposed to stop criminal activity during the rest of the year, there were still people like those schoolgirls who expected to (and probably did) get away with those kinds of crimes.
I especially liked Marcos’ relationship with his boss and I thought Marcos seemed like a really strong person. He was certainly easy to empathise with. I also liked Dante… and even though I didn’t really agree with the Senator’s beliefs, I could understand the way she felt and the logic in it.
While I preferred the second movie out of the franchise, this one did hold my attention throughout and I would watch it again. I’d also be interested in seeing more movies dealing with the aftermath of the events of this one.