The Purge: Election Year
Directed By: James DeMonaco
Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Kyle Secor, Mykleti Williamson, Edwin Hodge, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Terry Serpico, et. al.
Eighteen years after losing her family on Purge night, Senator Charlie Roan is running for president on a platform of eliminating the holiday. As the day approaches, the White House announces that, for the first time since its inception, there are no restrictions on who can be Purged, meaning that the Senator is in danger. After her home is attacked, she and her head of security, Leo Barnes, flee and attempt to find a safe place to lay low. They come across Joe and Marcos, who are protecting Joe’s store since his Purge insurance was raised at the last minute and he couldn’t afford to pay the higher premium. While there, a group of high school aged Purgers attack the store since Joe had thrown them out for shoplifting the day before. As the four of them are leaving, Joe calls his friend Laney, who is traveling in a triage van helping attacked by Purgers. While in the van, the group is attacked by the same people who infiltrated Charlie’s home, and Leo discovers that he’s been shot with a tracking bullet. Shortly after arriving at the triage center, the mercenaries track down Leo and Charlie again, resulting in the Senator being taken, and Leo appeals to Dante Bishop to help him rescue the Senator.
This is the third movie in the Purge series, and it continues the trend of adding to the universe without completely rewriting it. In the previous two films, high-ranking government officials were exempt from being Purged, but since this one takes place during an election year, and the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) are in serious danger of losing the election for the first time in ages, they change that rule to revoke the protected status of the Senator, hoping that she’ll be killed. Again, the actors all work well together, and, like in Anarchy, Election Year is almost more of an action movie than a horror. Frank Grillo and Edwin Hodge reprise their roles from previous films, and are the only two actors to do so outside of archive footage.
The special effects here are on par with the previous movie. There are a few more explosions this time around, and the instances of near-future technology, as well as background filler, are well done.
If you enjoyed the first two movies in the franchise, you’ll probably enjoy this movie, too. Occasionally some of the acting gets a little ham-fisted, and some of the real life parallels aren’t exactly subtle, but the story remains interesting, and it shows what lengths some people will go to in order to remain in power.
The Purge: Election Year isn’t available to stream anywhere at the moment, but it can be rented from Redbox or Netflix home delivery service, or purchased from a participating store or on-line retailer.
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