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 presidential candidate 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.
PLOT... It's been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn...or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
This is one crazy unique set of movies where anything can happen, the third chapter has a good little story running amongst the chaos, plenty of the usual crazy characters in masks and murder on the streets with plenty of maniacs running around, lots of bloody moments and shoot-outs, personally I don't think these movies go far enough, I want to see more violence especially if more are made to hold peoples interest, I would say its not as good as the second one but the movie is great fun none the less and has a great cast and soundtrack, this is a cool trilogy of movies so check them out, its over the top mindless violence and craziness if you like that sort of thing.
The Blu-ray has a good HD picture Features include 2 small featurettes, deleted scenes. Region FREE, Running time 1hr-49mins, 2016. Has multiple language and subtitle options. Includes digital UV code.
The film starts out with 3 subplots. There is an election.Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) is running on the platform to eliminate the purge. Two people are protecting their store and an underground group called the Triage is helping injured people. As in the second feature, the three subplots come together as expected.
In this installment the battle between the haves and have-nots symbolized with The Purge series has culminated into political parties with Republicans being represented as old white men for the Purge and Democrats lead by a woman candidate being against it. (Sorry GOP, I didn't script the film.) I think they killed the series, but left open a door.