The Purge: Election Year movie review - Aussieboyreviews


It’s not exactly what you’d call clever, but the political plot is decent. Packed with violence, language and a slow pace, the third Purge movie is not for kids.


Former police sergeant Leo Barnes is tasked as security during the night where all crimes are legal for Senator Charlie Roan, a presidential candidate who’s targeted during the Purge after her vow to end the annual event.

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Movie details

Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Joseph Julian Soria
Writer: James DeMonaco
Release Date (Australia): 14 July 2016
Runtime: 108 minutes/1h 48m
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film centres on crime themes, as well as thematic elements including betrayal and assassination.

Violence (MA15+)

The film frequently features bloody sprays and spatters as a result of shooting and stabbing violence. Injuries are also depicted.

Coarse Language (MA15+)

The film features infrequent “c**t” language, in addition to aggressive uses of the words “f**k”, “c**ksucker” and “bitch”.

mpaa rating

R (for disturbing bloody violence and strong language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

It’s fairly similar to the other Purge tales, but Election Year takes a political turn whilst still bringing out more hate-able characters and blood-shedding violence. With James DeMonaco still writing and directing this action-horror film, The Purge: Election Year is usually slow and completely predictable…

The decent film series crammed with violent action has been shattered by the third instalment of The Purge. Although it’s a fascinating political story of a dystopian community, the slowness and runtime have both been increased, and unfortunately in a dull process. Election Year fails to distract in a way that the previous movies did.

Yeah, there are still some extremely unsympathetic personalities, jump-scares and sufficient ideas, but all of that is starting to grow old. The dumb jokes and political edge can’t stand up to save the rest of the film, so this unintelligent sequel is pretty much just a whole acceptable idea that’s been wasted and executed horribly.

History features follow-ups that are magnificent or hideous, but which side is The Purge: Election Year on? To extremely big purge fans, this sequel will be impressive. But it’s really just foolish, slow and plain.

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