Review by Monique Thompson
In 2025, two years after choosing not to kill Warren Grass, the man who killed his son in a drunk-driving accident, police sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) becomes head of security for U.S. Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), the front runner in the next U.S. presidential election. Due to her vow to eliminate The Purge after losing her family to sadistic murderers on Purge-night 15 years earlier, Barnes continues to campaign against The Purge after witnessing the deaths during his night on the streets two years ago. The government secretly opposes Roan’s campaign, and plots against her to keep her from destroying The Purge. On the night of what could be “the final Purge,” a betrayal from within the government at the hands of the New Founding Fathers of America forces Barnes and Senator Roan out onto the street, where they must fight to survive the night, and come across a group of anti-Purge rebels that support Senator Roan’s campaign.
WE WANT MORE PURGE!! The third installment in The Purge film series is here and bravo! As an avid Purge groupie, it’s safe to say things keep getting better and better each go ‘round. Written and directed by James DeMonaco, The Purge series is definitely one that should be around for a few more years to come.
In The Purge: Election Year, a couple familiar faces are back, Leo from Anarchy and Dwayne, The Stranger from Anarchy as well as the first film. This time, Leo is the head of security for the front runner in the US presidential election and must keep her safe during the annual purge. A new face to this film, Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump, The Final Destination) , plays Joe Dixon, as local convenience/diner owner who’s committed to keeping his store safe on the annual purge night. Williamson’s humor works like a charm at just the right moments in the film.
What’s amazing about the way The Purge films are written is how each time, you’re getting something different and fresh, but at the same time, the films remain suspenseful, chilling, and there’s always a twist somewhere. In most series, things begin to get predictable after the 1st, sometimes the 2nd installment, but in The Purge: Election Year, you never know exactly which direction DeMonaco is headed. The action, the suspense, the chill, the humor, the blood and guts, The Purge is going to have it all….You just never know at which moment. Hands down, The Purge: Election Year, is a must see. Since the Saw film series became quiet, I’ve been in search of one that could actually last and I quite confident The Purge family of films is it.