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The Purge: Election Year Film Review

Updated on July 19, 2016
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Alec is an up-and-coming film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

The third entry in the Purge series is set two years after the events of The Purge: Anarchy. Leo has become the head of security for the new presidential nominee, Charlie Roan. Charlie is a woman who was terrorized on Purge night and vowed that she would bring down the Purge and have it abolished completely....if she can survive one final Purge.

The story was decent and the church scene towards the end was purely eye-opening and realistic, but it was still a slight bit of a let down. The events that unfolded in Anarchy led me to believe that this film would expand on it, letting us see more of the rebellion. That, sadly, was not the case. There were characters from the first two films that returned for this one, but the story had very little to do with the overall series plot. It did open a new door, and I'll be interested to see what direction the next one goes.

The acting was good, although not impressive. A couple of minor characters were rather annoying but that might have been the intention of the director. That way, he could kill them off without risking early-on emotional trauma to the audience. The true emotions come out later, but even that isn't a surprise.

In conclusion, The Purge: Election Year brings up some interesting points and possibilities but doesn't use its time wisely as the other two films did. I'm hoping for a fourth film, but also I'm hoping for a better film. I did like this one and I definitely recommend checking it out if you enjoyed the other two. There are a lot of positive elements and very few major complaints which works in the film's favor. It may not be perfect, but it's an overall good addition to the series.

© 2016 Alec Zander

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