“The Purge: Anarchy” was a surprise hit for me as it improved vastly from the first “Purge” film. “Election Year”, the third installment of the franchise, builds upon this concept aptly, with one of the two protagonists, Senator Roan (played by Elizabeth Mitchell) calling for an end to this annual night of mayhem.
The trailer basically shows the first half of the film, as the pro-Purge establishment (understandably) goes after Roan for campaigning to end their ways. Similar to “Anarchy”, the action scenes are by in large realistic and gritty, stylized just enough to reinforce the fantasy aspect of the Purge. Frank Grillo once again plays a sympathetic tough guy whom the audience cares about and can get behind. Finally, though the franchise is not known for its subtlety, the film is well-balanced in providing social commentary without being too preachy.
7.1 / 10