It’s the apex of mindless fun. Expect a bonanza of bullshit with just-likable-enough characters to be invested, barely functioning jumpscares to get spooked by, and two hours of Blumhouse cinema to chuckle at.
First off, understand that this movie is not scary in the slightest. It’s an action-comedy with a few jumpscares. Seriously–the line “waffles and pussy” crops up no less than three times over the two hour runtime and that’s just not a phrase that can be interwoven into a proper horror flick. And even when the dialogue’s not trying to be overtly funny it can still make the theatre burst out laughing (or at least it did with the crowd I was with), like when the bad guys are doing some villainous planning at the start and kept dramatically spitting the word “cunt.” Election Year is far funnier than Neighbors 2.
The entire lead cast is pretty amusing and fun enough to watch, though Frank Grillo is the only one with a noteworthy career here for a reason.
Side note: each of the films thus far has given us fun little tidbits of world building on how the annual Purge affects everyone, and in this one they introduce the idea that tourists from other countries fly in just to purge. It’s a cool idea that I feel could’ve been explored more, like every other awesome yet underbaked idea in this franchise.
Honestly, it’s just not worth writing something detailed and thoughtful about this film considering how little of a shit the movie itself gives in the first place. Basically, if you like the trailers or The Purge: Anarchy, you know exactly what you’re getting into and you’ll walk away happy.