Monday, July 4, 2016

Movie Review: The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year puts a new spin on the Purge series by adding a political element to the story. Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell, Lost) plans to end the Purge if she is elected president against the minister opponent who is a pawn of the NFFA, National Founding Fathers Administration. Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) returns now as a secret service agent having come to terms with the loss of his son and realizing the vengeance he had desired in the previous film was caused by the evils of the Purge.

The secondary storyline is really the best part of this Purge film. Joe Dixon (Mykelti Williamson) steals the show as a shop owner screwed over by the Purge insurance company forced to protect his property. With the help of Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria) and traveling Purge night nurse Laney Rucker (Betty Gabriel), they fend off young teenage murderers and murder tourists.

The stories converge with a lot of action but only a small amount of horror. Most of the dire situations are escaped a little too easily without much consequence all setting up for the finale that feels like a repeat of the last film. The return of Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge) ties all three films together and shows the repercussions of the sympathy of the original family from the first film.

A terrifying part of the film was the tattooed mercenary Earl Danzinger (Terry Serpico) sporting the symbols of every hate group as he blasts his way after the senator. The politics of the film are interesting showing how religion can be used to support a demagogue and even outright murder, but it doesn't get too deep into that once the guns start blazing.

I would have like to see the Purge return to its horrific roots and stray away from action. The shooting tends to dull down the terror but I did think some new additions, especially drones and helicopters, made some of the parts out in the open a little more terrifying. I'm not sure what the future of the Purge is but it has been an enjoyable trilogy. 

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