The Purge: Election Year (2016)


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi


James DeMonaco




Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Joseph Julian Soria, Betty Gabriel, Terry Serpico, Edwin Hodge, Kyle Secor, Liza Colon-Zayas, Jared Kemp, Ethan Phillips, Adam Janitor, Christopher James Baker, Brittany Mirabile, Raymond J. Barry, Racquel Devonshire


Two years after he stopped himself from killing the man who killed his son, Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) has become head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), a Presidential candidate targeted for death on Purge night due to her vow to eliminate the Purge.


I am a huge fan of the Purge. Of the series of course, not the fictional day of the year when you can commit any crime and get away with it. So of course I was excited for this third installment, after all the man behind all of this is still James DeMonaco. But like I just said, third entry aka chances are the film isn't going to be good. Sadly I have to say that last night my fears came true.

"The Purge: Election Year" is a predictable, slightly entertaining film that tries to deliver a political message only to destroy a good film series.

The film doesn't make a lot of sense, it's just some random purge visuals scrambled with something that is supposed to be a story but it's not. Anyway, that story is very clich├ęd and boring, not to mention the complete lack of tension. I have to start reading plots before watching films so to know what I'm getting myself into.

I was expecting more violence and more purge/science fiction moments, it's a horror after all, and that's how the previous films were. Instead I got a political message that overshadows the whole thing and eventually ruined the film for me. It doesn't matter whether the film's message resonates with me or nor, politics should have had no part in this.

The dialogue is miles away from being good, and the characters are just stereotypes. I'm white, but in 2016 there shouldn't be such awful and offensive stereotypes.

I made pretty clear the fact that the script isn't good. But it wouldn't be fair to put all the blame on it. The actors often deliver lines in a laughable manner. I get it, the script is poor, and you have to work with that, but can't you really try to improve it a little?


  1. I saw the first Purge and didn't like it, though had a great idea. I skipped the second film because so, but I actually wanted to see this one because it sounded different. They really should have spent more time putting an effort into these films.

  2. I really hoped that the third Purge would finally give me what I expected from it from the beginning. The idea's so nice and interesting but only the second one was slightly good. And now my hopes are down below zero. Guess I'm not going to watch this movie now.