America Death Night 3.)
Release Date: July 1st.
Written by: James DeMonaco.
Directed by: James DeMonaco.
Starring: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, and Betty Gabriel.
As much as we didn't like the first Purge movie (review HERE), we absolutely loved the hell out of The Purge Anarchy (review HERE). It was Frank Grillo's presence (and a way better story) that made us like the sequel so much, and so when it was announced that Grillo would be returning to the world of The Purge for Election Year, we were immediately on-board.
Since it's release, The Purge: Election Year has made around $72 million on a $10 million budget, making it the most financially successful entry in the series, at least domestically... so it appears that we weren't alone in our love for the 2nd movie, and, as it turns out, the 3rd.
The Purge: Anarchy, we find that Leo Barnes is now head of security for a radical Senator, Charlie Roan, who is running for President. We say radical because she's campaigning on the idea that The Purge is an abomination, and the promise that the first thing she'll do when elected, is end it. She watched her family being executed on Purge Night 18-years earlier, so her hate is understandable.
|SHE'S GOING TO PURGE THE PURGE!|
Blood and mayhem ensue.
In a year where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are turning the race for President into a farce, The Purge: Election Year also feels timely and relevant. It also feels like a cheap cash-in on the political bullshit that we have to see on the news every night, but it does make a statement. On a more serious note, the way that things are going in the U.S. right now with so many shootings of both citizens and Police, it feels even more relevant, and in a genuinely scary way; sometimes it really feels like we're heading for a Purge-like situation, where people indiscriminately gun each other down in the street because they're angry, feel alienated, or are just plain crazy. It won't come to that, not really, but it sure does feel more possible than ever now, and this movie is a grim reminder of what that world just might look like.
The cast is strong in this one, with Frank Grillo (who is always awesome), Mykelti Williamson (he was our fave), and Betty Gabriel (whose Laney Rucker was all kinds of bad-ass) giving us real characters that we cared about, and wanted to see survive Purge Night. Elizabeth Mitchell was solid here too, although her character didn't do as much for us as we expected.
|THAT MAN IS INTENSE.|
It's not the biggest gripe in the world, but the story in the 2nd movie just felt more dire to us, and less like some sort of political statement like it does here.
It also really sucked how they built Dante Bishop up throughout the first two movies, and then kind of gave him a disposable storyline.
The "I want my candy bar" gang was too over-the-top and cheesy for our tastes, and they barely showed the awesome masked purgers from the posters at all. Gah!
|THIS MASK DESERVED MORE SCREEN TIME.|
|AMERICA WAS BUILT ON BLOOD BY MEN WHO WORE MASKS!|
|THAT MASK IS SEXY THOUGH.|
Mykelti Williamson owned this movie, character and dialogue-wise.
|BEAR OR PIG? YOU DECIDE.|
The Purge: Election Year is in theaters now.
Elizabeth Mitchell will always be Juliet from LOST to us. Sigh.