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
Brilliant film. Enjoyed every minute. Fast story line and plenty of action and Ithink one of the best films released recently. Will keep you at the edge of your seat right from the start. Could this really be America in the future ???????? Who knows!!!!!!
The Purge: Election Year is another consistently good instalment to the franchise. Much like its predecessor, this one follows Leo as he is tasked with protecting a senator who wants to abolish The Purge for good. But of course it would not be a Purge film without violence and gore, trust me there is plenty of it. The Purge is a fascinating concept, and in this sequel we really get the philosophical and moral debate behind it. In some scenes it did remind me of religious debates. Particularly as the NFFA reminded me of some, shall we say, strong minded religious denominations. So I appreciate the exploration behind that. The acting is serviceable, Frank Grillo is the tough guy and it's great to see Mykelti Williamson on screen again. His character brought some charisma and nuance to the film that Ithink it really needed. Some memorable scenes here, particularly during Purge night where we have purgers dressed up killing pretty much everyone. Whilst its predecessors do use some more creative ideas, this one is more focussed on the political side of things which separates it from the others in the series. The problem is, we've seen it all before. The series will eventually run out of steam so personally they need to stop here whilst they are going strong. My biggest problem with these films, is that everyone on Purge night turn into absolute psychopathic lunatics...like instantaneously. We have a girl...wanting a chocolate bar...so she attempts to break into the shop and kill the owners...whilst dancing around holding an AK47. All of this, for a chocolate bar. When Leo wanted to Purge in the last film, it felt realistic because he didn't turn into a raving clown waving a machete in the air. Sometimes, less is more. Also some of the political contexts were forced, the majority of the script felt political and didn't always work. Plus, the Senator felt calm constantly...like she wasn't scared at all. However this is an enjoyable sequel, it's not as good as Anarchy but if you like the series then you will enjoy this.
I did not buy the DVD on this site but I did rent it which is why I am leaving a review.
I loved The Purge and liked The Purge: Anarachy. The Purge: Election Year continues in much the same fashion as the first two films. A main story along with some sub-plots.
American citizens are divided. Some believe it is their God given right to purge while others, like senator Roan want to see an end to the night of terror.
Roan, along with others have personal reasons for wanting and end to the night and she vows that if she becomes president the annual purge will end.
I was really happy to see Frank return to his role as Leo. His job is to protect the senator and allow her to make it through the night alive. Ithink he's a pretty good actor and played a convincing part.
Plus Ithink with movies like this we need to see returning characters. I would have like to have seen more. Ithink it really shows the long term effect the purge has on people and the country.
I liked the ending even though it was a little predictable the movie, on the whole is enjoyable and will satisfy your purging needs.
The first movie was a horror / thriller with a new take on the home invasion storyline while the following 2 sequels have delved deeper into exploring the faces behind The Purge and the reasons for it's existence. The films have now developed into a horror / action franchise with groups of innocents brought together to fight for survival on the night of the annual purge. Something which is rare for these kind of films, is I actualy enjoyed the 2nd movie more than the first and so I was really looking forward to this one. Although not as good as number 2, it is as good as the first if that makes sense! What I liked about this latest addition is it explored the reasons behind the purge and the powerful people who created it and remain protected. The series could end here, although there was a hint of a possible sequel in the final minutes of the film. Ithink a better idea would be to explore the beginnings of The Purge and how it came into being. We don't want another Purge movie as such, the next one should have the purge coming into play during the final moments of the film, while the rest explores the breakdown of society that leads to such an act taking place.
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.) Ithink they killed the series, but left open a door.
'The Purge' was an interesting if heavy-handed concept in search of a better movie, trapped within the confines of its low budget and one location set-up, and sabotaged even further by a cliche-ridden script fronted by the most irritating and unsympathetic characters you could possibly imagine. Its sequel 'The Purge: Anarchy' improved on things muchly by taking the concept out of the house and onto the streets, where we could meet a more diverse cast of characters as they tried to survive the night. I enjoyed the sequel a lot more than its predecessor, so it was a 50/50 chance on which way 'Election Year' was going to go, since writer/director James DeMonaco was still the creative driving force behind the series. Thankfully, this third installment builds on 'Anarchy's' expanded world and, while repeating the same kind of stalk and chase formula of before, it manages to be just as taut and enjoyable.
Now these films have come under fire for their heavy handed message and almost cartoonish portrayals of the people caught up in events, but Ithink that's the point. These are modern exploitation thrillers that have good production values and a better calibre of actor than would normally be found. Granted, said actors do have to deliver some very ripe dialogue, but it's all par for the course. There's something incredibly provocative about 'The Purge' as an idea, and even though the execution lacks subtly, the end result is truly compelling to watch. DeMonaco is maniacally inventive with the sadism on display, showcasing a colourful array of lunatics, psychopaths and misanthropes, who each reflect some facet of the rot that has set in at the core of humanity, while expanding his 'Purge' universe in an exciting, logical way. And he has most definitely learned from the mistakes of part one, which very few filmmakers often do when making these kind of films, because the suspense sequences are expertly staged and rattle the cage quite effectively.
It is also timely (and intentional) that such a film would be released during an actual Election Year in the United States - and we all know how that turned out - so perhaps you could view this as both a somewhat clumsy contemporary social commentary and as a prescient warning of where we are headed to some degree. 'The Purge' films belong to the apocalypse genre of horror films, the 'what if' dystopian nightmares that are bred from very real world fears, and even though the first film is a complete and utter dud, both 'Anarchy' and 'Election Year' are vastly enjoyable as exploitation-like thrillers with ambitions to say and be something much more than just genre entertainment. And that's not something to be sniffed at.