Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Movie review: The Purge: Election Year

This year The Purge coincides with an election year and politicians have lost their traditional exemption. Staunchly opposed to The Purge, Senator Charlie Roan quickly becomes targeted for death while protected by a single CIA agent.

Frank Grillo (Leo), Elizabeth Mitchell (Sen. Charlie Roan), Mykelti Williamson (Joe), J.J. Soria (Marcos), Betty Gabriel (Laney), Terry Serpico (Earl), Edwin Hodge (Bishop), Brittany Mirabile (Schoolgirl).

While we are familiar with The Purge at this point, The purge: Election Year adds a new variable by removing the exemption politicians had previously enjoyed. Accordingly, this sequel begins with some backstory and plot setup. Once The Purge begins however, focus is lost and the plot takes a backseat to the violence and mayhem of The Purge. The result is a film that laid the groundwork well, then left it behind in favor of action and violence.

Acting was decent with Grillo presenting fairly well. Mitchell was an enjoyable addition, fit her role nicely, and worked well with Grillo. Williamson was enjoyable, as were Soria and Gabriel in strong supporting roles. The remainder of the cast was solid with Mirabile being particularly fitting in her part.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are well done with a solid feel and nice attention to detail. Action scenes felt realistic for the most part with little obvious CGI. Dialogue was good though it wasn't quite enough to keep the plot centered in the film. Sound and soundtrack were nice.

While the concept of The Purge is still new enough and unique enough to be interesting it appears the franchise is beginning to falter. Those who enjoy this franchise may enjoy this one but probably not as much as previous entries. Given our most recent election, this one may appeal to those who have never seen The Purge before but like the concept.

With plenty of fairly graphic violence, foul language, and disturbing images, teens are going to see this one regardless so just keep it away from preens and below.

Released: 2016
Reviewed: 3.11.17
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Horror, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Crime Horror

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