Yesterday they finally released The Purge in our Country so we got the chance to see it! 😀
We haven’t seen Elizabeth on the big screen since 2009 when we went to see a Lost panel at Rome Fiction Festival because we needed to show Darlton our “Save Juliet” caps. 😛 (On a side note: the crazy girl who desperately wants the Apollo bar in The Purge must have been an extremely insane fan of Lost. LOL!)
It’s been really emotional to see her beautiful face on the big screen in a challenging role like Charlie Roan.
The movie deals with a very topical issue, which makes it even more scary: power and will of hurting other human beings.
There are so many themes in The Purge: Election Year, not discussed in depth or not discussed at all in the previous movies.
The first film is more about an individual fear, and they present the purge as an attempt to reduce crime. In the second one this pretext is unmasked but not completely analyzed.
In the third movie you see what’s really behind these twelve hours of insanity: money and power.
The fact that someone in a power position, like the senator Charlie Roan, fights for those who can’t gives you hopes for a better world.
One of the most amazing thing is that this woman is running for President and only the thought of that makes us scream inside!
But Charlene is not just that, she has the depth and the empathy that Elizabeth is able to recreate so well.
Only someone who feels those emotions really deeply is able to show them on screen so strongly and believably convey them to the viewers.
The senator’s fighting for the innocents, for justice and for a better future should be inspiring for everyone, especially in the violent world we are living in right now.
Empathy is a common characteristic in all Liz’s characters if you think about it. Sometimes it’s stronger than others, other times there’s something that blocks that to come to light (which is usually pain as for The Snow Queen) but it’s there, inside these amazing women she plays. And when this empathy comes from a traumatic experience, it can possibly be even more admiring.
There are scenes in particular as those when the senator forgets that she’s the one who needs to be protected.
Towards the end of the movie, she sees the room full of people that NFFA was about to sacrifice and she even protects one of them with her body.
The church scene when they are about to kill their first victim, Charlie reacts visibly as if she wants to protect him even if that means to put her life even more in jeopardy.
For sure she is re-experiencing what happened to her and her family 18 years before which is the whole point of her fighting: she can’t stand people hurting other human beings.
She doesn’t oppose when they are about to do the same to her, which is in part because she doesn’t want to give them the satisfaction of begging for her life, but mostly because her empathy for the others is stronger than her own self-preservation, which is impressive.
We also loved that Charlene is authoritative within her competencies and respects those of others.
For her safety the senator should keep a low profile, but she knows that she needs to put her life at stake to gain people’s trust in order to archive her goal, so she doesn’t listen to her bodyguard. On the other hand when it’s about his competencies, she steps back and listens to him. Noteworthy her chemistry with Frank Grillo. Not a surprise obviously, this woman is able to create, even all by herself, chemistry with everyone.
In conclusion Charlie Roan is a multi-layered character who is not afraid to admit to be scared, but is able to keep a cool head: “35 yards, 15 yards high”. Her strength comes from her ideals. She doesn’t let her rage overwhelm her and she’s combative while she keeps her female sweetness.
On a personal note: weeks before The Purge release in our Country, we had a glimpse of some caps from the interviews with Elizabeth contained in the movie, and when we saw them on screen yesterday it was really exciting, knowing now that the production took them from our site. 😀 This makes us very happy because we feel we did visually something for Liz. <3
As we have already told you, Elizabeth, on screen you make disappear everyone else.
Thank you for giving us another stunning example of woman warrior!