Mitchell’s Roan arc is probably the most significant, a woman driven in her political career by a personal tragedy (which is where the film begins) and an attempt to put an end to the horrors that occur in the US every single March 21st. It also makes for a welcome change given that we’ve already seen the vastly different experiences of a middle class family and a group of working class people face the dangers of the Purge, we now see a governmental figure do the same.
Unsurprisingly (and much like in the previous movies), the main cast remain the movie’s saving grace with commendable performances from Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson and of course, Grillo. Mitchell presents a much more human character than we’ve seen before in The Purge series, and there’s actually a backstory as to why she’s so compassionate which is refreshing. But underneath that soft exterior, she also has a toughness about her that comes out every time Grillo’s Barnes tries to act like the ‘big boss…’ It’s just a shame she’s never actually allowed to save the day though… Oh yes, the damsel-in-distress trope is certainly utilised to the fullest here.
Well Charlie’s way to save the day is different, she does that with words more than with actions. It couldn’t be different because all her political view was anti-violence so it has sense, even though she kicked some asses as well. 😉
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