Film Review – The Purge: Election Year (2016)


Title – The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Director – James DeMonaco (The Purge)

Cast – Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel

Plot – It’s purge time again as America shuts down for 12 hours and the citizens turned criminals come out to play, this time with political motivations driving them on their dastardly ways.

“This is the American way”

Review by Eddie on 20/03/2017

A continuation of the frustrations that began with the Purge series first few entries, Election Year is but another half-baked (at best) dosage of barely there thrills and non-existent chills and not even the biggest fans of the Purge films are likely to be finding themselves fans of this cheap and lacklustre experience.

Bringing back Purge: Anarchy’s main character Leo Barnes as played by Frank Grillo, Election Year tries its hardest to set about a flow on from the second entry but surrounded by vicious, yet un-affecting bursts of violence, cookie cutter characters that we can’t even be bothered caring about and a cast of B grade supporters like Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson, James DeMonaco’s (who seemingly only cares about making these movies) film fails to ignite any type of spark, which is the main reason this franchise has become a disappointment for the third time running.

When The Purge arrived in cinemas around the world in 2013 it was promoted off the back of an idea in which America, once a year for 12 hours can commit any form of crime they like without the possibility of punishment, what we got instead was Ethan Hawke stuck inside his house as a boring home invasion thriller took place while the 2014 follow up Anarchy at least ventured outside, it too seemed like a poor way to use a potent idea, ripe for both horror and thriller elements to combine into one.

It was wishful thinking, but I for one was hoping it’d be third time lucky for this franchise but Election Year gives us very little bang for our buck, even the films nice addition of being held around the election period in the United States is wasted as we watch Williamson’s Joe Dixon protect his beloved convenient store or Frank Grillo’s Barnes determinedly going about protecting Elizabeth Mitchell’s potential presidential candidate Charlie Roan, but we’re given no real horror, no real satire and at the end of the day this TV quality movie could finally be the end to a franchise that could’ve been something.

Horror fans need not experience this new purging and for those like me that have failed to enjoy any of the previous instalments in this low budget yet successful series, Purge: Election Year is more of the same and that is absolutely not a good thing.

1 explosive suitcase out of 5

7 responses to “Film Review – The Purge: Election Year (2016)

  1. I never really cared for The Purge films and I’m as big a horror fan as they come dating all the way back to the days of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, but yeah this series just didn’t do it for me so like the previous commenter, I think I’ll pass

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