The Purge: Election Year (2016) [4/5]


Two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, former police sergeant Leo 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. On the night of what should be the final Purge, a betrayal from within the government forces Barnes and Roan out onto the streets of D.C. where they must fight to survive the night.

Wow, what a frightening premise for a film. I can proudly say that Blumhouse has done it again. Shout out to Jason Blum, who is a huge inspiration to me personally. I enjoyed the sequel more than the first film, then was blown away by the third installment to the story. Election Year definitely had its terrifying moments, though it is by far the funniest movie of the trio, with numerous jokes and some great 'black humor'.

The film takes place in March 2025, two years after the events that went down in The Purge: Anarchy. The cast was excellent and the costumes have gotten more terrifying by every new thread. I was pretty much on the edge of my seat the entire time the film was rolling. It is also perfect timing with everything going on political-wise in the U.S. today. Is this movie foreshadowing the possible future of a Trump victory? If so, I'm moving out of this country A.S.A.P.

I'd also like to take a moment to talk about the hair-raising music and how awesome it was setting an unsettling tone. Like the films, I feel that each soundtrack has gotten better and better as the trilogy progressed. Can't wait to cop a copy of the intense tunes that kept the audience shrieking with fingers-over-their-eyes peeking. Round of applause for Nathan Whitehead, responsible for all of The Purge soundtracks (he also was involved in the music for Lord Of War, another favorite movie of mine & worth mentioning for its great story & fantastic lead actors - Nicholas Cage & Jared Leto).

As of this film, James DeMonaco has written and directed every single film of the series, a rare feat for horror film franchises. But if JB endorses him, so does dysFUNKtional, and so should YOU! Go see this movie. It's great fun for the horror fan.

-Rocco Bovo