The Purge: Election Year (2016) Movie Review

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2016 | R | Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
109 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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The Purge: Election Year Review


Former Police Sergeant Barnes becomes head of security for Senator Charlie Roan, a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.

The Purge: Election Year (2016) is a 105-minute American science-fiction action horror movie that is a sequel to The Purge: Anarchy (2014) and is the third in The Purge series. Election Year had an estimated budget of $10 million and grossed over $61.2 million at the box office. It was shot in Providence, Rhode Island, USA and Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. Writer and director James DeMonaco (The Purge: Anarchy (2014), The Purge (2013), The Negotiator (1998), Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)) did an excellent job in the Election Year storytelling. James focuses on social programs for lower-income families, gun control, race relations, and a few other things with solid messages.

The Purge: Election Year made me think about our world today as our future is uncertain with what has been happening over the last few months with political campaigns. I found myself reflecting on everything going on in the world and around me including terrorism, gun violence, gun debates, presidential campaign, police violence, and racial matters amongst other things. It is sad but true that we are living in a world where violence is becoming a regular thing.

The Purge: Election Year takes place two years after Leo Barnes ( Frank Grillo - Warrior (2011), The Grey (2011), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)) was about to take revenge but stopped himself from doing so. Leo is now in a security detail for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell - Frequency (2000), Gia (1998), Lost (2006-2010), The Santa Clause 2 (2002)) who wants to eliminate the annual Purge night if she becomes president. Charlie wants to end Purge night because she witnessed her family being brutally murdered 18 years prior on Purge night.

The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) is not pleased with Charlie’s decision and sets out to kill Charlie because they can kill anyone, even officials during this year’s Purge night. Minister Edwidge Owens (Kyle Secor - Homicide: Life on the Street (1993-1999), Santa Barbara (1986), Sleeping with the Enemy (1991), Untamed Heart (1993)) is a member of the NFFA and is a candidate running for the presidency. Leo is determined to keep Charlie safe and alive during Purge night so that she can end Purge night upon her election. Charlie decides to stay in her unsecured home during Purge night but Leo orders for Charlie’s home to be locked down and for security to surround her home. Two of the security personnel betrays them leading them to be on the run which leaves us with an action packed adventure with tons of suspense.

One of the things that I found disturbing was that people would travel to America to participate in Purge night, and they care called or known as Murder tourists. The movie was visually appealing, had memorable villains, was paced nicely, thrilling adventures, delivered bloody violence, chaos/mayhem at every corner, and displayed a lot of issues our country is facing. I gave this film an eight because I felt that most of the cursing was pointless and not needed - I did keep in mind that this is an R-rated movie, but the cursing was not necessary at times. There was overacting from some of the actors, problems with continuity, and there were several times where the camera crew/equipment was visible. All of the actors overall gave decent performances, and the action scenes were on point as well as the sound.

About The Purge: Election Year 2016

Title: The Purge: Election Year
Original Title: The Purge 3
Year: 2016
Runtime: 109 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Action
Score: 4 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Frank Grillo, Edwin Hodge, Jon Douglas Rainey, Ethan Phillips, John Franchi, Rosemary Howard, Alysson Da Silva, Morgan Strebler, Rickland Powell, Leah Procito, Arthur Hiou, Americo Presciutti, Stephen Kyle, Nick Principe, Mykelti Williamson, Elaine Victoria Grey, Noel Ramos, Richard Pacheco, Eddie Resendes, David Struffolino, Lino Tanaka, Franz Strassmann, Jay Hieron, Jim Boyd, Neal McNeil, Nicolas Villamizar, Chemi Che-Mponda, Kristen Annese, London Hall, Stephanie Ann Saunders
Writers: James DeMonaco
Director: James DeMonaco