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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Purge: Election Year (Movie Review)

By: Matt Suzara

Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), is running for President of United States of America and on the top of her platform is to stop the annual purge. However, the New Founding Fathers wants to prevent that from happening so they issued a memorandum that no one is entitled with immunity in this year's festivities. This made Senator Roan an easy target, so his bodyguard Leo (Frank Grillo) plans a heavy security to protect the Senator at all cost. However, they were betrayed from the inside so Leo is forced to find a safe to end the night. 

The Purge Election Year is already the third installment for this franchise, and still it couldn't reach full potential of its premise. It seems that they are holding it back and can't turn this into a much darker film. They are just repeated the same formula of The Purge Anarchy, which is the best film for me at least in this series. Expanding the ideas of brutal crimes and total mayhem is already lying around but can't seem to put a hard kick on it to make it a little more interesting. On the positive end, it still got that gore and violence for the audience to look forward to. Mindless murders, decent kills and crazy colorful costumes.

It is a plus that Frank Grillo returns for this part as he brings in the energy the film needs like what he did from the previous film. He is simply the guy that you want to cheer and care throughout the film. Elizabeth Mitchell also delivered a compelling performance for a Senator who wants a change in her country. The two are already fun to watch roaming the streets filled with dangerous people lurking during the purge night. 

Overall, The Purge Election Year still spills out a lot of blood and fun. However, the ideas could have been expanded more to reach another level to lift this film up into new heights. It is Purge Night everyone; we need more blood, crimes and violence to create total mayhem in give us a film that will stick to us for a very long time. 

Lakwatsera Lovers rates it 7 out of 10 stars 

Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson 

Directed by: James DeMonaco
Distributed By: United International Pictures PH
Now Showing in cinemas nationwide


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