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The Purge: Election Year (Eddie's Review)


Eddie here. Tonight I'm reviewing The Purge: Election Year, the third installment to The Purge series. First, a quick back story of the series The first Purge film came out back in 2013. When I read about it and seen the trailer, I liked what I was seeing. After I checked out the first one, I found it to be highly overrated. It was extremely boring and I didn't care for any of the characters. I gave it a 4.5/10. After it's success by fans of the first one, they decided to expand upon the series and in 2014, we got The Purge: Anarchy which focused on a couple breaking down in the middle of the city right before the annual purge starts. Now that's what I really wanted to see. As much as I thought it was better than the first one, it still had flaws with character development and the plot being very basic but it's way better than the first one. I gave the second film of the series a 6/10. Again with somewhat of a cult following we have now for the series, in 2016 we have the third installment. It was pretty cool that they released it this year since we had our election year here in the United States. Now this takes place years after the second installment where police sergeant Barnes (Frank Grillo), after sparing the man who killed his son, becomes the head security for Senator Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), a Presidential Candidate ordered to be assassinated on purge night for, if elected, wanting to get rid of the Purge for good. Much like Purge: Anarchy, they're chased down by the rich government missionaries that are ordered to kill them. I found this film to be a tiny bit better than Anarchy, but not by much due to the similarities of the plot. I have some flaws with this film. The plot is again simple. I saw almost everything coming. It was way too similar to Anarchy. They have a few different stories going on at first for character development, but some of the characters I just ended up not caring for. They hardly do anything with the Purgers, which sucks because the Purgers have some awesome costumes in this film. I loved the outfits. I also liked, at times, how it tries to feel artsy with their costumes as they kill their victims. That's sad because they're hardly in the film, so that's a wasted opportunity. It's visually beautiful at times and it's bloody which I like a lot. This series overall is great on paper, but executed badly with its plot and character development. I'm going to give The Purge: Election Year a 6.5/10. You can also check out Justin's review of it on YouTube as well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHcDUOINPSI

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