Review: The Purge: Election Year (2016)
It is election year in the United States of America. And guess what? The American public is deeply divided.
On one hand, you have the New Founding Fathers of America, NFFA, candidate Minister Edwidge Owens (Kyle Secor). The NFFA has brought to American an annual tradition called The Purge. The Purge is where all crime is legal from 7 p.m. until 7 a.m. the next day. All police, fire, and medical emergency services remain unavailable during The Purge. The only restrictions are no government officials ranking 10 can be disturbed and all use of weapons above Class 4 are prohibited. The NFFA claims that The Purge is responsible for 1% unemployment rates, low crime, and a strong economy. Numerous Americans enjoy it as it allows them the right to “release the beast” inside them and purge out those in society that they do not want.
On the other hand, you have anti-purge candidate Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell). Senator Roan’s family was killed on Purge night. As the lone survivor, Senator Roan has dedicated her life in ensuring that the American tradition of The Purge ends.
This is the America that The Purge: Election Year is set in. The NFFA views Senator Roan as a threat to The Purge so they suspend the prohibition against killing government officials. This means that Senator Roan is fair game during The Purge. There is only one catch. The Senator’s head of security is Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo). But can he protect her during The Purge?
The Purge: Election Year was written and directed by James Demonaco who also wrote and directed the other Purges. The movie has a run time of 1 hour and 45 minutes with a Rating of R.
Not many movies peak my enough for me to sit in a theater with a group of strangers and watch a film. However, The Purge series has been a favorite of mine. The first Purge was great but the second The Purge: Anarchy was just okay. So I figured The Purge: Election Year was either going to be highly entertaining or highly disappointing. The fact that they timed the release to a real election year showed how brilliant their marketing strategy is. The trailer looked great and the poster tapped into the “founding fathers” look. The film took in a reported $34,796,220 during the July 4th weekend. The movie had a budget of $10 million.
I enjoyed the storyline of The Purge: Election Year. I found it to be highly entertaining. Frank Grillo and Elizabeth Mitchell did a great job portraying there characters. I just wish there was more blood and violence. Hopefully, there is an uncut version out there somewhere that will be released on DVD with more violence. But overall, I think this is probably the best of the trilogy. I would recommend The Purge: Election Year to anyone who liked the other two.
But if I am perfectly honest, it wasn’t The Purge movie that I really wanted to see. I would like to see them do a prequel. Let the main character be a regular Joe who lives in a middle class subdivision and works a 9 to 5 sitting in a cubicle in Any Town, USA. Follow him as he plans and goes out to purge with seven friends. Show the horror, the thrill of the kill, and the adventures that they would have during the 12 hours of The Purge. Make The Purge bloody, violent, and shockingly horrific as regular people serve justice amongst their enemies during The Purge.
Instead of that film, I feel I got a social commentary about how the rich want to purge the poor so that they don’t have to take care of them. Regardless, it was still a solid film. I guess the power of The Purge series is that leaving the theater. I could see each moviegoer asking themselves one question. If The Purge was real, what would you do?