The Purge: Election Year

  • Year: 2016
  • Leading Cast:Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
  • Director: James DeMonaco
  • Writer: James DeMonaco
  • Genre: Action, Horror
  • My Rating: (4/5)

After discovering previous two sequels of the Purge franchise (“The Purge” and “The Purge: Anarchy”), the production of the third was quite inevitable. Surely, before “Election Year” the audience was left with uncertainty whether the whole story ends by dismissing the law of the Purge Day or they keep proceeding with such an unmorality / unreasonably 12 hours of the year, where all the criminality in the Earth is nothing but legal.

The opening sequence of the film displays flashbacks of senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) who’s family are being tortured by “purge activists” and murdered afterwards. Quite engaging scenes, and surely hooked up the audience to the story, however the whole movie didn’t tell us how Charlie could escaped from the purge criminals, explanation was needed, but was not provided. Generally speaking, the story unfolds in Charlie and her main security guy, known for previous two sequels Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), running away and protecting themselves from the key creators of the Purge system. Motivation behind those criminals is simple, Charlie Roan is running for the presidency with clear mission to dismiss and eliminate the Purge for good.

Appealing story to build the movie around with. And as a critique it did engage me to the screen, tons of the movie could also provide careness and root for them to succeed on their suicidal mission. Lots of dramatical scenes, and climax of the film comes almost at the end, when the Senator is captured by “purgerers” and about to get tortured in front of bunch of wealthy people.

Only letting down moment of the “The Purge” (or could be the main flop) is that it doesn’t really support its own premise, meaning the whole concept of the story is that absolutely everybody in the state is allowed to claim criminals with no charge, and certainly you’d expect lots of crazy mofo’s murdering and torturing each others at the most creative ways you could imagine, but from that perspective the film was failed to deliver. Throughout the whole film I could only count only 2-3 decent scenes, one of them is where several black-hearted immigrants, by wearing creepy-scary “Americanized” costumes try to eliminate the lead characters, the part was pretty spellbinding to witness, however it only lasted 2-3 min at most. The second part of the related action, is about detriment behaved teenage girls, who are try to revenge (murder) a shop owner who refused to give them a free candy. Other than that, there are not much sequences what could ideally illustrate the concept of the film.

Having said that all, “The Purge: Election year”, is quite satisfying compelling film, supporting its own tone from beginning to the end. Would I watch this film again? No. Should the franchise produce another sequel? probably not, but I have a feeling they still would.