Director: James DeMonaco (2016) BBFC cert:
In these turbulent post-Brexit political times, I’m casting my vote in favour of this gleefully violent satirical action thriller.
This third in the low budget and highly succcessful US series is set in the year 2022.
Frank Grillo returns as the bullish and brutal cop with a conscience, Leo Barnes. He is now head of security to Elizabeth Mitchell‘s Senator, Charlie Roan.
She’s standing for President to abolish the Purge, the annual night of chaos where for one night all law is suspended and murder is legal.
The event makes the ruling far-right wing party a lot of money. As such the New Founding Fathers see the Purge as the ideal opportunity to have Roan permanently removed from the ballot paper.
They suspend the rules protecting political figures, a short sighted decision which seems destined to backfire.
A betrayal by one of the senator’s team leaves Roan and Barnes on the streets of Washington D.C. at the height of The Purge.
Citizens are tortured, burnt, shot, hung and guillotined. No one stops to eat, drink or sleep and the tension rises with the body count.
Costumed crazies rampage through the neon lit streets like a garish halloween party with chainsaws and machine pistols.
As Roan battles to survive, she finds allies in shotgun wielding shopkeepers and veteran Purge night players. They’re motivated from a desire to see the senator win the election.
But as the night progresses they discover they’re not the only group trying to smash the system.
There’s manic rhetoric, an asset stripping government exploiting religion for politic gain and state sanctioned slaughter on the streets.
The satirical intent is somewhat neutered by the astonishing real life US Presidential electoral race taking place. But as an action movie The Purge: Election Year is the candidate that ticks the right boxes.