The third one gets it right: it has an interesting story with some of the best characters of the entire trilogy. Plus it has more action than both previous movies combined … and a creepy atmosphere as it should!
The thrill of the Purge-night has also been upgraded. The masks are even more gruesome now than ever before. The killings remain awesome … sorry, but they really look good.
And there’s even a pinch of humor in all of this.
The story is about a senator running for president who wants to put a stop to the Purge. She witnessed the brutal slaughtering of her family 18 years ago, and has been working her way towards ending it.
Naturally, the Founding Fathers who invented the Purge are not so happy with this … and decide to use this year’s Purge to eliminate all opposition. Needless to say, the senator will have a night to remember!
Like its two predecessors, The Purge: Election year isn’t really a horror movie. It’s not even a thriller anymore.
The third one is a big, loud action movie where people shoot guns and innocent ones get hurt. There”s a slight increase of blood but nothing that’ll churn your stomach.
Back from the second movie is actor Frank Grillo as Leo Barnes, the former police sergeant who’s now Head of Security for the senator. He will have his hands full protecting her, and gets to show off a few rounds of martial-arts fist fighting.
As for the senator herself, the filmmakers chose the relatively unknown beauty Elizabeth Mitchell. She is very well cast as the stubborn politician who’s fed up with all the violence and bloodshed.
But the most interesting character running around in this third movie is the shop owner Joe Dixon, played by actor Mykelti Williamson, probably best known for his sidekick performance in the crime classic Heat, or as Head of CTU in 24: Season 8.
He shows a great deal many emotions as the little man in the street, who’s powerless to do anything about the crime wave, but stands tall as a hero when given the chance to make a change.
What makes this final Purge-movie so good is that you genuinely care about the characters. All of them! Not just a single family as in Part I, or some local hero and a pretty girl in Part II …
… but everyone – almost every character is beautifully rendered, making The Purge: Election year the perfect ending to a very fine thriller-horror trilogy.
Did you know?
The Purge franchise has expanded its universe more throughout each film. The first film takes place in a house. The second film takes place in the streets. The third film takes place in the government. Also, each film looks at the Purge through different points of view. The first film is told from the rich. The second is told from the poor. The third is told from the political side
Give it to me short:
The original Purge-movie was a great set-up but lacked the intensity of people killing innocents on the street. That’s where the second movie made amends. It introduced the darkness of the streets, the vile corruption of crazy psychopaths killing innocent people just for fun. But … the second movie hardly had a story. And so: the third one gets everything right. Though The Purge: Election year will never win any awards, it’s still a very entertaining piece of filmmaking.
Once again, this final act of the Purge-trilogy isn’t a horror-movie. There’s few blood to be seen, and even less gore to go around. The movie is first and foremost a dark action movie centered around a couple of innocent people who simply wish to survive the night. There’s the shop owner and his most loyal employee who want to save their candy store from being burnt to the ground. There’s the senator who wants to stay alive long enough, so she can put a stop to the Purge. And there’s the Head of Security-tough guy who will try his best to keep everyone safe.
The Purge: Election year may have a slow ending – but that’s about the only real flaw – but everything else is very well done! There’s much better filmmaking out there in terms of thriller-horror movies, but the final Purge-movie does what it set out to do … to entertain from beginning till end!