So it won’t be winning awards any time soon, but The Purge: Election Year, does the job!
The Purge: Election Year isn’t exactly subtle but it has enough scares to make it a decent thriller. It also has an uncanny resemblance to America’s presidential campaign and that is scary as Hell!
What It’s About…
As a young girl, Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) survived the annual Purge that took the lives of her entire family. As a presidential candidate, Roan is determined to end the yearly blood bath once and for all!
Her opponents however, have other plans and set in motion, a deadly plot to rid themselves of the opposition. The Senator finds herself trapped on the streets of Washington D.C. just as the latest Purge gets underway. Now it is up to her head of security, Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), to keep her alive for the next 12 hours while the blood lust of her constituents is unleashed!
I liked it. As far as sequels go, it was okay. Elizabeth Mitchell does a solid job (any one else think she is Carrie-Anne Moss’ blonde twin?) and the movie is violent enough to satisfy horror fans.
I loved the concept of the original Purge movie. So much so, that I could overlook the fact that Ethan Hawk (I really don’t like him) starred in it. It was refreshing and terrifying. The scariest part being that you could actually imagine something like this happening in the not so distant future. Alas, turning an original idea into a franchise has made it stale. As usual the lure of box office dollars, overrides the creativity of something new.
All in all, it was a decent flick with a good amount of suspense, and thrills.