Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The Purge: Election Year - Movie Review

Starring Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Raymond J. Barry and Ethan Phillips.
Written & Directed by James DeMonaco.


The Purge movies can't honestly be called "good," but they're a C-grade guilty pleasure for me. It's a low-budget franchise that lets Frank Grillo be the star of a world, like Robert Englund ruled Elm Street.

Each movie expands the scope of the world a little more, and this time around we see a political outsider, Sen. Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), running for president on a platform of ending the Purge. The NFFA which has run the USA for the past 25 years doesn't like that, and they plan to use this year's Purge as a cover for having her assassinated.

Sgt. Leo Barnes (Grillo), survivor of Purge: Anarchy, has worked his way over to be the head of Sen. Roan's security detail. After being betrayed, he and the senator have to go on the run on Purge Night, eventually hooking up with resistance leader Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge), the only person who's been in all three movies.

This time around, the metaphors are laid on in a more heavy-handed fashion. The mercenaries hired to kill Roan wear Nazi symbols and Confederate flags on their uniforms. In ranking the movies, I'd say this ranks just below Anarchy but better than the first one. I hope for the fourth installment they expand the idea more. Let's see a bank heist be the main goal.

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