Horror trilogies are a rarity in the movie genre. Certain films have been lucky enough to reach the threshold to tell their story in three parts (the Scream series, which is now debatable after the release of Scream 4) while others are a "one-and-done" or falter in their sequel (I Know What You Did Last Summer). The latest movie that I will be reviewing today is the third part to the futuristic horror society series: The Purge: Election Year.
The Plot: Several years after the events of The Purge: Anarchy, a political candidate (Elizabeth Mitchell) is gaining momentum in her election campaign toward becoming the next president. Her main goal: Ending the Purge. Unfortunately for her, the current regime—The New Founding Fathers—don't want to eliminate the Purge and they will do whatever it takes to eliminate her on the deadliest night of the year.
The Results: 2.5/5!
The Purge: Election Year is what you would expect from a typical Purge flick. There is blood, violence, crazy costumes, and an intentional need to survive against deranged people out to kill the main characters. The strength of the film has to be the design and development of the characters. Each of the main characters, including some of the supporting villains, are fleshed out well enough that you get a sense of who they are and a bit of their backstory. I liked the political candidate and the core group of heroes.
The downside, however, is that the film is overloaded with cheese factor. The villains aren't simply evil—they're deranged and psychotic! The first and second film in the series at least had their villains grounded enough that they had some sense of humanity paired with their evil; there is no such limit in Election Year. Particularly the scenes with the psychotic teenagers—I couldn't believe people descended into THAT level of madness that quickly.
If you're a fan of bloody horror movies or a fan of the Purge series, this movie is for you. It's a good popcorn flick for a bit of action during the summer. However, you shouldn't go in expecting anything news or groundbreaking—it's a Purge movie.