The Purge: Election Year looks just like the purges of nonelection years. It brings back Frank Grillo’s Leo Barnes from the second film. He now provides security for anti-purge Sen. Charlie Roan, who is running for president.
This — of course — upsets the new founding fathers, who see her as a threat to the money they make bilking the poor. So the good senator becomes their target for this particular purge, and Leo and some new friends stand in the way.
Election Year is a bloody quasi-horror film, and a clone of the first two. Cleverly clothed crazies roam the streets, creatively killing anyone crossing their path. The film’s heroes must be equally creative trying to stay alive. The film is done again by creator, writer and director, James DeMonaco, and is probably the best of the now three.
No doubt it will make enough money and will be popular enough with its growing number of fans to justify a fourth for the next Fourth of July.
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The Purge: Election Year
Director: James DeMonaco
Stars: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, Edwin Hodge, Joseph Julian Soria, Kyle Secor
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Rated R for violence, gore and language. It’s playing at The Carmike 12, Regal’s Columbia Center 8, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and the Queensgate 12, and at Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself