The Purge: Election Year

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It isn't particularly subtle, but The Purge: Election Year's blend of potent jolts and timely themes still add up to a nastily effective diversion.



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Writer/director James DeMonaco returns for the third installment of the franchise starring Frank Grillo.

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Frank Grillo
as Sergeant Leo Barnes
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Charlene 'Charlie' Roan
Edwin Hodge
as Dwayne "The Stranger"
Betty Gabriel
as Laney Rucker
Kyle Secor
as Minister Edwidge Owens
Ethan Phillips
as Chief Couper
Raymond J. Barry
as Caleb Warrens
Adam Cantor
as Tall Eric Busmalis
Brittany Mirabile
as Schoolgirl #1/Freakbride/Kimmy
Naeem Duren
as Rev with Angel in Command Center
Naheem Garcia
as Angel Munoz
Steven Barkhimer
as Drab Suited Man 1
Tom Kemp
as Drab Suited Man 2
Roman Blat
as Uncle Sam
David Aaron Baker
as Tommy Roseland
George Lee Miles
as Irish Ike Jenkins
Antoine Coetzee
as South African Male
Johnnie Mae
as Mrs. Sabian
Drew Cooper
as Enormous Gang Member
Tom Paolino
as Axe Headed Man
Emily Petta
as Screaming Woman
Alexander Cook
as Masked Man
Juani Feliz
as Schoolgirl #2
Jamal Peters
as Gang Member with Dying Friend
Matt Walton
as Reporter #1
Thomas Rhett Kee
as Crazy Man (Self-Purger)
Lonnie Farmer
as Man with Bull Horn
Christy Coco
as Young Charlie Roan
Hank Amos
as Mercenary #8
Darcie Fisher
as Reporter #3
Alexander Schüler
as Demonic Man
Lindsey Pires
as Dancer #1
Emily Smith
as Dancer #2
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  • Jan 07, 2017
    Tries to have some kind of sociopolitical message but just comes out as garbled and about as obvious as a slap to the face. Film lacks anything resembling subtlety and it just comes across as something written by a fucked up junior high schooler.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 18, 2016
    The third (and perhaps final) chapter in the series, The Purge: Election Year continues to explore the sociopolitical ties to violence. When the political establishment is threatened by presidential candidate Sen. Charlie Roan's promise to abolish The Purge, they rescind the protection clause for politicians and hire an elite group of mercenaries to assassinate Roan on Purge Night. Elizabeth Mitchell and Frank Grillo lead the cast and give especially good performances. And the action sequences are intense and exciting. But the writing is weak, as the politics are incredibly heavy handed and slow down the momentum of the film. The characters are also rather thin and don't have a lot of depth to them. However, there's some interesting world building that explores the anti-Purge movement. The Purge: Election Year provides a fitting conclusion to this provocative series that, despite some blatant class warfare overtones, has some interesting things to say about the culture of violence.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2016
    The main issue I had here was the scope, surely another film was warranted before building to this films story. Michael Bays influence could be felt here much more so then the others, I would've liked the director to lay back on the social conspiracy here and bring us a solid purge film. The only time this film comes alive is when they hit the street, that unknown is unbearable. The first film had a great concept that didn't deliver, the second film had an interesting concept of corruption and underdeveloped plot points and this is a mess of ideas. The franchise has hit a point of uncertainty that cannot be undone, only a reboot could refresh and redo with focus on the chaos lurking in mankinds backyard. Great mid section is robbed by boring first and last, a different character focus would have worked as I felt meeting the same lead as the previous film didn't serve the film at all. He connects the film with one quick reference that means nothing, you cannot rob people of a decent arc for the character, seeing what he seen and surviving a purge surely warrants some sort of development. Sluggish plot points leave this series in unsafe territory.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2016
    You know, I remember when the first Purge movie came out and how great the concepts was versus the actual film that we got. For one, I never thought that the Purge was a bad movie at all. It would have been better received if it had just been a straight-up home invasion thriller, which is how it played out. But when you had the concept of this being a government approved night where all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours, it should have been a more interesting movie than what it actually was. They made the right decision by releasing a sequel the next year, Anarchy, that explored some more of its themes and the people behind this annual purging that, mostly, targets those people with lower income, since they cannot protect themselves as well as those who are more affluent. And the film, while having some horror elements for sure, was more of an action film. I still felt they didn't go as far as they could have with some of its themes and ideas, but I was quite entertained by Anarchy and how it improved upon a really cool concept. Which brings us to the third, and seemingly last, Purge movie. This movie goes even deeper than the first two flicks, where now the New Founding Fathers are a heavily focused on as the main villains. They were always the main villains, but they've been more overseers in previous films, they aren't actively involved in what's going on in the prequels. Basically, the New Founding Fathers, referred to as NFFA here, are in an election year and the president of the US, an NFFA minister, is up against a senator, survivor of a purger who killed her entire family, that threatens to destroy everything they've worked so hard to build. So, for the first time ever since the purge began, the NFFA has removed the immunity that protected the government, so this way they can kill Senator Roan to keep their stranglehold on the future of America. But, on the other hand, there's this protest group, who wishes to murder the NFFA during their mass, this big get-together every Purge where they kill an innocent person as a sacrifice, to ensure that Roan wins the election. So there's various plot points at play and on top of that there's just the general Purge with people doing horrible shit to each other. While I only gave this 3 stars, I actually really liked this movie. It's obviously very over-the-top, the NFFA are incredibly absurd villains if you really look at it objectively. But this type of film requires a lot of suspension of disbelief. There's no fucking way an organization like the NFFA would ever gain any actual footing in the political landscape of the US, despite some of the more fringe Trump supporters wanting it to be that way. But it's cool to see a scenario where they are the leading political party in the US. And it's also cool to see these assholes get theirs. So it works sort of as wish-fulfillment, in spite of the lack of realism to everything that's going on. Is the film as thought-provoking as it probably should be? No, not really. I think the problem with that is that it's not a very subtle movie. Everything is pretty much black and white. Senator Roan is perfect and she will bring about change to this country. The NFFA are the nefarious villains who are willing to do absolutely anything and everything to keep their way of life intact. That may sound like a complaint, but it's really not. The movie, in spite of it all, really aims to be more like escapist entertainment than anything else. Yes, it has some really interesting themes, but the movie gives its audience what they want. It's not torture porn, because they've built up the NFFA over three movies now and they've made them the big bad of the entire franchise, so seeing them finally get a taste of their own medicine is incredibly satisfying for those of us who have watched every single movie. The acting is also more than solid. Frank Grillo is a good actor and he plays his part very well. Elizabeth Mitchell is also good as well. That's the thing, in spite of it all, the movie has some good actors at work here. Mykelti Williamson is damn good here as well. If there's one thing I can't complain about, it's the cast. They are all very solid here. Is this the last Purge movie? I don't know, it really seems to be by the result of the presidential election which, ***SPOILERS***, Roan won. And her first course of action is to get rid of the Purge, her entire campaign was built on that. I suppose they could maybe squeeze out one more movie out of this concept, but I don't know what else they CAN do that they haven't already. It's possible they make another one, considering the fact that this was the most commercially successful Purge movie yet. Though I think a lot of that has to do with the fact that it is 2016 and we're in an election year with two of the most controversial presidential candidates in recent history. The film's promotion was also pretty clever too, with the Keep America Great line used as a jab at Donald Trump's slogan, so I felt that that also had something to do with it. The only way it could have been more perfectly timed was if it was actually released in theaters the Friday before the presidential elections. Which would have just happened to be next Friday, at the time I wrote this review at least. I guess they couldn't hold off that long, huh? With that said, this is about on the same level as Anarchy, maybe slightly better, and it's considerably better than the first movie. So, yea, I really enjoyed this. It's a fun genre flick and I would certainly recommend it if you've been keeping up with the franchise.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer

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