The Purge: Election Year Review

I was a little sketchy when it came to watching this movie, and here’s why. I thought the first movie was awesome and that the second movie was sorely lacking the same components that the first movie had. I wanted to see this one on the theater, but didn’t really want to waste the money going to see something that I had originally thought was going to be awful. For me, rental was the better option and I recently had to chance to rent this movie. Keep reading to find out if this movie followed in the second movies footsteps or if the series in a whole went back to something worth watching.

The Purge: Election Year, how ironic since this was an election year, revolves around Senator Charlie Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, who is running for president. After her entire family being a victim of the annual Purge 18 years ago, she was the only one spared, she’s made it her life’s work to end this annual 12 hour killing spree. She’s going to do that by running for president, but she’ll have a lot of people in her way including the NFFA, who created the Purge and who will conspire against her to keep their annual Purge. It’ll be up to a familiar face from the second movie, Leo Barnes, played by Frank Grillo, to keep her safe on a night where anything goes. Throw in a few secondary characters for good measure to show how normal people are trying to survive the Purge along with foreigners who now come to America for Purge night as a vacation.

It’s pretty clear at the start of this movie that the same girl you see in the clunky black glasses that gets spared is the one running for president because she’s still wearing the same clunky black glasses. 18 years is a long time to have the same frames or she could have at least switched to contacts, but moving on she’s trying to do the noble thing of ending the Purge which basically eliminates the poor and helpless year after year. Up until this most current Purge there has been a limitation that says high ranking government officials are not included in the annual Purge, but that will change so that NFFA has a chance to take out Charlie once and for all in order to keep their Purge. If not this movie would have been extremely boring.

After taking a few days to process this movie, I’m still not really sure what to think of it. It’s not outright horrible like the second one, but it’s also not as great as the first one. It’s kind of an in between movie and it makes me think that the creators are running out of ideas when it comes to this series. I’m not sure what to think about the whole political aspect of this movie. I mean the Purge is a political type thing and it seems the series was going in this direction after the first movie, but I’m not sure if it works for this movie yet. I remember a time when Saw tried to get all political and then it was downhill from there.

The first time I seen Elizabeth Mitchell in a movie was Gia, since then I’ve been a fan and have followed her work as she went back and forth from TV to movies. While I consider her a good actress who plays her parts well, I didn’t think this was a good fit for her. That goes for the cast as a whole as well. I didn’t really think they played off of each other well enough to really bring out the movie as it should have been. Instead of following the path of the first movie, the creators went in the path of the second movie throwing together people who knew each other and didn’t know each other to see if they could survive together. Maybe it would have worked better with a different cast because it just wasn’t really all that believable that these people would have helped each other out like they did.

Overall I give this movie a 3 out of 5.

This movie isn’t great, but it isn’t bad either. I don’t really think that any movies in this series are going to live up to the first movie. I thought the first movie was more than just a slasher flick and was actually thought provoking where as these last two movies were more of killing spree movies. Sure, I like those kind of horror movies since I am a huge horror movie fan, the only difference is that this series wasn’t actually made out to be like that at first. The second movie did a complete 180 of the first movie and the third followed in its footsteps. It did a little bit better, but not by that much. I’m going to say that if you’re a fan of the Purge you’ll probably want to see this one since you’ve been watching the whole series and you don’t want to miss one, but keep your expectations low. If you’re not a fan of the Purge then I’m going to say skip this one because it really wouldn’t be worth it to start from the third movie when it’s sub-par compared to the first.

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