The Purge Election Year

“The Purge: Election Year” is the third installment to the Purge series. After recently watching the latest installment of the ongoing series, it is noticeable that each one has its own type of tone that they are trying to run on. The first one took a full approach in going in as ‘all horror’ which didn’t really work out well and fell short to giving much of a thrill or scare of any sort. The second one on the other hand took the approach of making itself into more of an action movie, in which universally, was enjoyed a lot more by the audience. Now with this third installment, we have another type of approach. With there still  being a tone of action included, there seemed to be a lean on comedy also. “The Purge: Election Year”, seemed to take itself a little less seriously than its last two films, with there being more jokes every other scene.

In Washington D.C., two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Barnes has become head of security for Senator Charlene Roan, the front-runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge. It leads to the both of them stranded in the streets to fend for themselves as they link paths with a deli owner, Joe Dixon and friends, to try to survive the night.

Being the comic relief, Mykelti Williamson, who plays Joe Dixon, does a good job in providing the lines to keep the audience laughing. In a more serious tone, Frank Grillo, who plays Leo Barnes, brings in his character with a more developed outlook on things from his transition from the previous film, playing off the protective nature from this last film. Other than that, no ones acting stands out, and there seemed to be more over acting by several side characters.

The film does a good job in keeping the audience tense, not knowing what may or may not jump out at you, given that we are on the streets full of people ready to murder you in each and every way. As a horror film, there are a few moments that the film got me with a jump scare, but all in all, it falls short in providing the fear of living in this world. I couldn’t take any of it serious after a while, as I thought they strayed too far away from what the sequel did such a good job at, which was having a serious tone, keeping the audience on our toes. Instead, this film was filled with a lot of comic relief, which took away from being scared of what’s to happen next. Even some of the people in the film who were suppose to seem scary ended up making me laugh by what they were saying, “I want my candy bar”, those of you who have seen the film know what I’m talking about.

But I can’t deny that I had a good amount of laughs when watching the film, from the way different actors  approached their lines and other things, I found myself making fun the film more than anything and getting  a good laugh out of that. From a horror stand point, this film falls short of their goal, but from a comedy stand point, this is a good film that keeps you engaged with the characters, it’s a good bad movie.

The story still has a lesson and in that we learn and see that we can’t let people with authoritative power forget and try to eliminate those who may be less fortunate,  and as a human race, we have to stand together in stopping this. I believe others who have seen the film will agree.

This is not a family movie, as it is rated R, filled with blood, a lot of swearing and gruesome, tortuous acts. I wouldn’t recommend going to see this movie, but if I had to, I would recommend it for young adults and older. It’s not a good film, but still finds a way to be entertaining in the goofiness of what takes place in several scenes.

I would rate this film a 2.5/5 as I was still entertained even though I could see a lot of flaws and where it fell short to being as good as the second one.

Dewayne Edwards covers television and movies for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @ProPizza94.

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