In Brief: Just like the first two only in an election year and sets itself up for a fourth flick next July 4th.
The Purge: Election Year looks just like the purges of non-election years. It brings back Frank Grillo’s Leo Barnes from the second film. He now provides security for an anti-purge Senator Charlie Roan who is running for president.
This — of course — ticks off the new founding fathers who see her as a threat to all the money they make bilking the poor. So the good senator becomes their target for this particular purge and Leo and some new friends stand in the way.
Election Year is a bloody quasi-horror film and a clone of the first two. Cleverly clothed crazies roam the streets creatively killing anyone crossing their path. The film’s heroes must be equally creative trying to stay alive. The film is done again by creator, writer and director, James DeMonaco and is probably the best of the now three. As he was in the second flick, Grillo is terrific as the stoic but mega competent Barnes. Emmy nominated — for an appearance on TV’s Lost — Elizabeth Mitchell is Grillo’s equal in the stubborn, stoic department. Co-stars Mykelti Williamson who played Bubba in Forrest Gump, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Joseph Julia Soria and Kyle Secor — who plays Roan’s presidential and status quo rival — wraps up the cast. Williamson gives the film’s best and most fun performance if it’s possible to have a fun performance in all that blood and gore.
No doubt it’ll make enough money and will be popular enough with its growing number of fans to justify a fourth for next 4th of July.
Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Betty Gabriel, Edwin Hodge, Joseph Julian Soria, Kyle Secor
Rated R for everything but nudity and features plenty of blood, gore and language. The best of the three still doesn’t make The Purge: Election Year all that good but at 3 1/2 it tips a half a point over the half way point on the Average Joe Movie 0 to 5 scale.
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5 to 4 1/2: Must see on the big screen.
4 to 3 1/2: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 to 2 1/2: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 to 1: Don’t bother.
0:Speaks for itself.
Gary Wolcott has been a movie consultant for KXL since 2014. A lifelong fan of film, he’s been a film critic in radio, television and newspaper for 25-years. Wolcott catches a couple of hundred movies a year and he sees a great many of them so you don’t have to.
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