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, FrankGrillo 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 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 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 (FrankGrillo, 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.
Presidential candidate 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. FrankGrillo 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.
PLOT... It's been two years since Leo Barnes (FrankGrillo) 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.