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
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 I think it really needed. Some memorable scenes here, particularly during Purgenight 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 Purgenight 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 initially wondered how good this really would be, as its the third. But it is just as good as the previous two. If you`ve not seen the previous two, you should still follow this as although it is a follow on, enough is explained be able to understand it. ____The Plot____ Charlene is a senator who was a victim of the annual Purge when she was younger. She lost all of her family and almost her own life. She vows to overturn the annual Purge. On the Purgenight, she is in a safe house with the other candidate who is for Purging. He betrays them and sneaks in a bunch of men who want to take out Charlene. Charlene and her security guard, Leo (who was in The Purge Anarchy trying to avenge his sons death, but is now against purging) manage to sneak out the house, but are now in the open and end up facing multiple crazed purgers, while also trying to outrun the men who are hunting her. Just as they are about to be murdered by "Purge tourists", they are saved by a shopkeeper, Joe (Who lost his son to The Purge) and his employee, Marcos. Joe is trying to save his shop from looters (and a crazed girl with her friends, who tried to steal candy earlier that day). Charlene, Joe and their allies join forces, (with Joe being forced to abandon his shop) and face many Purgers and violence along their hunt to find safety. They make it to an underground safe area, but are forced to leave. One of them dies :( Charlene wins the election, but there is an uprising and violent protests against this. Overall very good, and the music featured really builds up the atmosphere.
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 Purgenight 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.
Presidential candidate Charlie Roan is targeted by her opponents on PurgeNight who see her as a threat that can end PurgeNight 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 PurgeNight if she gets elected as President. It's an enjoyable Horror sequel with good performances and action but is very predictable.
Well I never like horror films but when I saw the first Purge film in 2013 (because Lena Headey was on it from Game of Thrones of course) I thoroughly enjoyed the concept and story. So after 3 films in the series it has upped the stakes with better results as each film has progressed:
Film 1 - About a family surviving the night. Film 2 - A group surviving and hints of the usefulness of the Purge. Film 3 - a Senator is within reach of power to end it.
It alls works excellently and the third film does deliver. There is talk of making an 'Anthology Purge Series' and a 'Prequel' about its origins which I welcome!
'The Purge: Election Year' is the third installment and follows Leo Barnes and his presidential candidate who are on the run during the annual purgenight and are followed by a group of angry Americans who plan on killing the president candidate as she wants to end the annual purgenight 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.
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.
PLOT... It's been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on PurgeNight. 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 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. I think 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 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 I think 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.