FIRST LOOK: Relevant Politically Incorrect Allusions Spice Dark, Bloody Cat and Mouse Satire

Updated 2 years ago by Tony Rutherford , HNN Entertainment Editor
FIRST LOOK: Relevant Politically Incorrect  Allusions Spice Dark, Bloody Cat and Mouse Satire

What a red July 4 weekend. America under purge. Elitists have solved the budget deficit and entitlement dilemma. An annual elimination derby of homeless, disabled, weak, unemployed, and now, those not politically correct.

The "Purge" series has contained two home invasion defense scenarios, where the wealthy bask in secured fortresses and others go out and grab revenge with out accountability. No laws. No police. No fire fighters. No EMS. No God.  It's 12 hours of anarchy to cut the welfare, Medicaid, and other governmental assistance rolls. The poor are most at risk as they have neither weapons or shelters in which to hide. There are no safety zones. It's an ultimate survivor competition.

Writer / director James DeMonaco has broadened the concept past neighbor against neighbor feuds and gang warfare. The almost too simplistic election rhetoric will follow you into the ballot casting booth come November.

Here's a brief  "Purge Election Day" summation so everyone's on the same frame.

FIRST LOOK: Relevant Politically Incorrect  Allusions Spice Dark, Bloody Cat and Mouse Satire

Following the demise of the Constitution, New Founding Fathers have built a nation that eliminates the weak, unwanted, and unproductive during annual twelve hours of kill or be killed madness.Senator Charlene ("Charlie")  Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), plays a Purge survivor running for President on a platform of banning future Purges by signing an executive order. Her NFFA opponent, Minister Edwidge Owens (Kyle Secor) and party leader Caleb Warren (Raymond Berry) and other leaders have planned her assassination, which leads Roan and security guru Lee Barnes ( Frank Grillo) dodging and darting the perilous darkened D.C. street searching for refuge.

Echoing the entrepreneurial spirit of the current and future America, deli owner Joe Dixon (Mykelti Williamson), his assistant Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria), and EMT Laney Rucker (Betty Gabriel) have become targets after confronting a pair of teenaged shoplifters. The shoplifters don Halloween/Rocky Horror Picture Show attire and head out to purge for denial of the store candy.

Dixon determines to defend his place after his purge insurance goes up thousands on less than 24 hours notice. Ironically, he's assisted by an immigrant.

During a Hollywood Reporter interview series writer/director Demonaco talked of the election ironies that have favored his film written in 2014:

"I can't say any of it was planned. What I like about The Purge is that I’ve always seen it as very satirical and very absurd. I think it's a very satirical, absurd metaphor for other things. I never want to say what I think the metaphor for the movie is. I think the audience can draw their own conclusions. I wrote it in 2014 — I mean, I knew what was coming, but I didn't foresee them releasing the film in the same cycle as this election. I can’t say there was any architecture to my plan other than that I wanted to have a senator, and it just coincided with the election."

Minister Owens and party leader Warren bear uncanny resemblance to the revolutionary discord and violence encompassing the Republican Party and it's presumed nominee, white billionaire Donald Trump who opposes immigration and entitlements. Blonde Sen. Roan's has a portion of Hillary Clinton's automatic weapon limiting agenda and compassionate democracy for all. Roan has no scandalous political baggage, though, be the predominance of Mrs. Clinton's past fair game or a ruse to attack her gender.

FIRST LOOK: Relevant Politically Incorrect  Allusions Spice Dark, Bloody Cat and Mouse Satire

"Election Day" has absurd satire at its root. Guns are not the only enemy: Knives, chainsaws, and a fully scaled guillotine are among the instruments of blood letting during this twelve hours of chaos that includes a secret resistance filled by volunteer physicians, nurses, and EMT's.

"Election Day's" a splatter city, yet, the cameras avoid long grisly close ups, so you kinda realize it's fantasy.

What about other parallels  (purge insurance=escalating health insurance premiums)?

The director said, "Even if the intention is not there, viewer can sit there and go, 'Oh, maybe that's Donald or that's Hillary.' I have to be quite honest, I never intended it to be those two people. [But] I think the audience will sit there unaware of the timeline and think, 'Maybe they did draw these parallels.' I think they'll have fun with it. We got very lucky with that. There's no way around it," he said to Hollywood Reporter.

Of course the national election (any state or municipal thoughts?)  gains central focus, but terrorism in many forms glares, especially the foreign nationals checking into the U.S.A. as "murder tourists" to purge.

Although the writer/director appears content with a trilogy, the finale naturally leaves an open deck for another installment.

FAVORITE QUOTE: (Relating to countering the purgers and the elitist mandate), "Like some superhero, let's do, and let's go get them," sports the deli owner.




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