Last night I decided to check out the 3rd installment of the The Purge series. How fitting that this third film has the title of Election Year? In yesterday’s blog I mentioned that I am a big horror film fan. I don’t know why I do this but, I always put Purge into the horror category and that just isn’t what it is. There is nothing scary about The Purge. This is definitely more of a Thriller. I can say that I enjoy them for the most part and there aren’t any films that I look forward to like this one (other than Marvel films). Before I begin to give my thoughts on the film I want to add that there may be spoilers. I’m going to try my best not to give much away.
The premise of this film is that is is Election Year. Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) was forced to watch her family murdered on Purge night twenty years prior. She is now running for President and wants to put an end to The Annual Purge. For those who are unfamiliar, Purge night is where all crime is legal for 12 hours no matter the severity. Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) is now a secret agent whose job to to protect Sen. Roan. The antagonist in this film is the leadership of the NFFA (New Founding Father’s of America). The NFFA wants to continue purging as they feel not all people can have but, they all want. Purging is a way to cleanse the country of the those people.
The underlying theme of the film deals with politics and religion. I can see how some may become angry at the way the film plays out. It captures some of the realities that we are seeing in the world today. The poor don’t believe in Sen. Roan and don’t have hope that she can win. It’s not until Sen. Roan becomes a target that she finds herself face to face with the working men and women. Supporting characters include Joe (Mykelti Williamson), a store owner who decides to stay out on purge night to protect his convenience store. Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria) who has been taken under Joe’s wing. Laney (Betty Gabriel) was also taken under Joe’s wing. Laney goes out on Purge night and she helps people in need.
Sen. Roan and Leo crosses paths with Joe and company after coming close to death. It isn’t long before the NFFA finds Sen Roan and places her as this years sacrifice. It’s up to Leo and his new friends to save her. Without giving away the film, it has it’s fair share of big moments. I would recommend it if you like this type of film. My friend didn’t like it as he felt it embodied the Hollywood and media stereotypes. The Purge Election year presents the best set of characters and storylines to date. It’s interesting to see the world from a real life standpoint without rules and this is a pretty good representation.
Final Grade: C+