3.0 out of 5 starsThe weakest of the series thus far
3 November 2017
Some visually spectacular sequences, primarily in the early stages of the purge, and generally slick production, lift this to a slightly above average viewing experience. A franchise feeling short of ideas
I very much enjoyed the first two 'Purge' movies, especially the previous instalment, and so was naturally looking forward to seeing the third, but alas, 'Election Year' which completes the trilogy was something of a minor disappointment to me. I admit, this recent action-horror was a lot better than some movies I've seen in the past year, but I just didn't find it on par with it's predecessors.
In this film, the familiar 'home invasion' format is dropped, and the focus is now more about the exploration of the reasons behind the Purge, it's history, and why it still exists. Former Police Sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo, who appeared in the last movie) becomes the head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), a presidentialcandidate who is targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate this national civic tradition.
The result is a fun-to-watch movie, keeping in the contemporary, real-life theme of political matters, with some genuinely eerie moments for horror buffs, but the plot is a little on the thin side and quickly becomes predictable. There is also a lack of character development, and as a result, we don't care about the characters as much as we should. On the plus side, I do appalled the decision that 'Election Year' should make so many political statements, and the interesting precise was good from the start, but it could have been so much more.
The film's ending, unlike the previous 'Purges' would suggest that this is going to be the final addiction to the franchise, unless it is decided that there will be a prequel, and really, I'm glad, because this once great franchise is, on the evidence of 'The Purge: Election Year', starting to wear a bit thin, and running out of steam. Still, this is a good movie to watch with a group of friends on a 'thriller/horror-popcorn' night.
Presidentialcandidate Charlie Roan is targeted by her opponents on Purge Night who see her as a threat that can end Purge Night once and for all. 3rd in the horror franchise. The Purge has an intriguing and original premise, for one night only in future America, all crime including murder is legal but suffers from being very predictable with a plot you can see coming a mile away and this sequel is no different though like the previous film it is an improvement on the original film. Frank Grillo returns this time as bodyguard to Senator Roan who is promising to end Purge Night if she gets elected as President. It's an enjoyable Horror sequel with good performances and action but is very predictable.
'The Purge: Election Year' is the third installment and follows Leo Barnes and his presidentialcandidate who are on the run during the annual purge night and are followed by a group of angry Americans who plan on killing the president candidate as she wants to end the annual purge night if she wins. This is a good third installment but it was pretty much the same as 'The Purge: Anarchy' which was the previous sequel. The only difference here is that politics are bought into the storyline and there are a few new masks (ps. the people with the masks on the front cover only get a few seconds of screen time). This instalment also had quite a few pacing issues and some of the characters were unlikable in my opinion. But, this sequel did have some exciting chase scenes and is more violent than the previous two. However, I still prefer 'The Purge: Anarchy' much more than this installment, but it is still worth a watch if you are a fan of the franchise so far.