The Purge: Election Year (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Cast

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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Critic Reviews for The Purge: Election Year

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Like most "exploitation movies," the "Purge" franchise is deeply moralistic at heart.

Jul 6, 2016 | Full Review…

The action is largely routine and the dialogue rarely more than functional, but DeMonaco, marshalling the franchise's best production values yet, shrewdly taps into the angry zeitgeist.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Purge: Election Year represents writer/director James DeMonaco's attempt to squeeze one more movie out of a premise that has run dry.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The writer/director has a lot to say, but this neo-grindhouse framework isn't built for complexity. Still, the film is just bonkers enough to work.

Jul 1, 2016 | Full Review…

It would be one thing to bait the viewer's blood lust and then punish them for it. But the films command an audience that's enchanted by its displays of blood-drenched yahoos in kooky masks satisfying their barely repressed psychopathy.

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Mostly it's more of the same from this stalled series. It's time someone purges "The Purge."

Jul 1, 2016 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Purge: Election Year

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familiar stranger

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There is no tension or subtlety to be found in this pointless sequel that doesn't offer anything that we haven't seen before in the previous two movies, just tiresome action and silly political commentary in times of presidential election (the whole "martyr" thing makes no sense).

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Another offer of the same plot which delivers nothing more and nothing less than the first to have provided. Still entertaining though.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

What once seemed like a premise fit for ridicule has become a franchise I actively look forward to now and swallow whole any incredulity. The Purge: Election Year is something of a lateral move from its predecessor, Anarchy, as it's not an improvement but it's still a fun and thrilling entry that provides just enough satisfying gonzo political commentary to temper its action. Finally with the second movie I got the Purge movie I wanted, experiencing the event itself outdoors, and Election Year continues this trend. We follow a small group of minority characters trying to survive the night, escaping from one location to another as they encounter a menagerie of weird, murderous citizens trying to make America great again. A presidential candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell) wants to do away with the barbarous Purge practice, and so this makes her a top target during that 12-hour free-for-all. Her head of security, and lone source of protection after an ambush, is played by Frank Grillio, returning from Anarchy and reminding you early and often just what a great action hero he can be. I enjoyed the ongoing shaping and texture of writer/director James DeMonaco's kill crazy world, whether it was "murder tourists" coming over to America to experience consequences-free killing, the idea of a religious ceremony deifying purging, and even stuff I know is pure trailer candy, like an all-girl gang dressed in creepy masks, princess dresses, and chainsaws. There is some seriously unsettling imagery and moments, though the presence of a white supremacist hit squad dilutes some of the film's tension simply from being a constant antagonist chasing down our heroes. There aren't as many new set pieces to further illuminate the depravity of this world as there was with Anarchy. Still, there's more than enough nasty bite in this franchise. How is this franchise not been turned into an open world survival video game yet? I wonder why everybody just automatically wants to murder during the Purge. I would just probably cheat on my taxes (don't audit me IRS for this statement!). Nate's Grade: B

Nate Zoebl
Nate Zoebl

Super Reviewer

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