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 had heard mixed reviews about the third instalment of the Purge, Really enjoyed the 1st and 2nd movie, and honestly I was not disappointed with this one, I found it very in keeping with the 2nd film, which I liked and also one of the main characters from the second film gets carried over to the third film which makes this film a lot better.
Overall it was very well made, good story line, no huge complaints and if you liked Purge 1 & 2, then you will like this one.
I'm a huge fan of the purgemovies and this one definitely didn't disappoint. I'd been awaiting the DVD release since I couldn't attend the cinema and it was worth the wait. Starts out more sinister than the others and goes into standard purge territory a good mix of suspense and drama.
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.
I liked it!! I thought it was different to the other 2 movies, but not so different that I hated it! I don't know why others have given it a low rating but honestly I thought it was pretty good and I wasn't at all disappointed. It left me and my boyfriend entertained the whole way through when we went to see it. In fairness there were some moments that I thought were a little stupid (kind of, "well why would they do that?!" moments) but you get that in most movies!! I thought there was a good mix of typical 'purge' moments with the usual murdering sprees, as well as a different plot along the way. The political side of things added a much needed plot, especially because this is now the THIRD movie installment. There's nothing worse than a movie trilogy that isn't going anywhere!! Good movie, hope they make another following up from this one!!
The makers have predictably done what most others do when a low budget film does big business, they make a sequel that is on a much grander scale.
And if that is a success, they try to be clever, and usually fail.
Business as usual here then for this second sequel, and it's a crying shame because Grillo was excellent in Anarchy, and there are a couple of wonderful ideas thrown in for good measure which could have been expanded into two far superior movies.
Firstly, the idea of people flying in for the annual purge is brilliant, but this is only hit on in two very short scenes. They could have flown in with the intention of destroying everything they hate about the country, the culture, giving it a xenophobic edge.
Or go even simpler, the siege on the deli, which is by and far the best part of the film. He two girls that are introduced in the deli are truly terrifying, and are the epitome of everything that is wrong with teenage aimed media, and trash TV.
But no, they decide to give it a political edge, and decide to semi recreate the final third of Anarchy.
Grillo is okay, but he has none of the intensity that made his character so memorable. Williamson is as good as expected, but their is so much discriminating banter between him and his friends, you start to cringe whenever he opens his mouth.
And for some reason, the makers decide to add a kind of supernatural element to the film. There is one scene toward the end with a very tall pale man who just appears to pop out of nowhere every now and again, and bullets seem to avoid him.
It's lazily made, not very interesting, but it's biggest crime is not having the edge of the first two movies.
If they do make a fourth movie, I hope they go back to basics, they could even pseudo remake Assault On Precinct 13.
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. I think he's a pretty good actor and played a convincing part.
Plus I think with movies like this we need to see returning characters. I would have like to have seen more. I think 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.