The Purge: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year

James DeMonaco (2016)

104min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The third film in writer/director James DeMonaco's violent but potent franchise sees the annual free-for-all killing spree known as the Purge come under threat from reforming US presidential candidate Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell). Unfortunately for Roan, that puts her in the crosshairs of the Founding Fathers, the prime movers behind a policy of social cleansing fuelled by the nation's blood lust. On her side, however, is Frank Grillo's Leo Barnes, no longer the embittered, nameless loner from previous instalment The Purge: Anarchy but now Roan's rugged bodyguard who comes to her rescue when a hit squad comes a-calling. Mykelti Williamson (Con Air) brings homespun honesty and humour as a store owner who reluctantly teams up with the couple as they seek to dodge drones, fiendish femme fatales and other trigger-happy maniacs. But the once-intriguing concept of legalised anything-goes mayhem is wearing thin with this threequel despite satirical barbs about murder tourism and evangelical right-wingers in government. No one can deny the commitment of the cast, but the law of diminishing returns dictates that it's time for the Purge to go.

Summary

A US senator is targeted for her anti-Purge agenda, a shop owner is forced to defend his store when his Purge Night insurance becomes unaffordable, and the US economy is boosted by tourists arriving to take part in the annual night of murder and mayhem. Action horror sequel, starring Frank Grillo, Mykelti Williamson and Elizabeth Mitchell.

Cast & Crew

Leo Barnes Frank Grillo
Charlie Roan Elizabeth Mitchell
Joe Dixon Mykelti Williamson
Dante Bishop Edwin Hodge
Laney Rucker Betty Gabriel
Marcos Joseph Julian Soria
Earl Danzinger Terry Serpico
Minister Edwidge Owens Kyle Secor
Chief Couper Ethan Phillips
Caleb Warrens Raymond J Barry
Director James DeMonaco
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Aug 2016
Drama