There is alot of tension and much to discuss this year in terms of politics and hot issues surrounding the government and the state of the country. The latest installment of one franchise in particular captures the essence of this in a terrifying way that is sure to entertain and scare beyond measure. The Purge: Election year is a sequel to Purge: Anarchy and is the third entry in the film series. Frank Grillo's character has alot more on his plate than he did during the last government- sanctioned night of terror. This time around the film will have more of a visible political slant and quite a few statements about the shadowy NFFA and the leaders who created the concept of the Purge in the first place.
Here's the plot synopsis:
In 2025, two years after choosing not to kill Warren Grass, the man who killed his son in a drunk-driving accident, police sergeant Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) becomes head of security for Senator Charlene Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), the front runner in the next Presidential election due to her vow to eliminate the Purge after losing her family to sadistic murderers on Purge night 15 years earlier in 2010. The government secretly opposes Roan's campaign and plot against her to keep her from destroying the Purge. On the night of what could be "the final Purge", a betrayal from within the government at the hands of the New Founding Fathers of America forces Barnes and Senator Roan out onto the street where they must fight to survive the night, and come across a group of anti-Purge rebels that support Senator Roan's campaign.
The stakes are alot higher this time as Grillo's Leo Barnes is now the head of security for a senator in Washington DC who means to put an end to ritualistic bloodbath and madness that is the Purge. The senator, much like Leo, has a scarring backstory that hits close to home and fuels her desire to see to it that the annual tradition signed into law by the NFFA does not continue. However, her passion and outspoken position against the Purge is not admired by those in power ,who plot against her by using purge night as a means of carrying out a political assassination and ensuring that the purge remains in place. As usual, it will be up to Leo to save the day by keeping the senator alive for the 12 hour period. Though, this time things may be slightly more difficult than anticipated. First off, he's in a completely different jungle in Washington since he doesn't know the city streets as well as he did in Anarchy and that could put him at a slight disadvantage when going up against hunting parties and lone purgers who know the streets and alley's of DC in and out. Second,since Leo is protecting a high-value target, he and the senator are at the top of the kill-list for any purger who wants to suck up to the NFFA and make an example out of those defy the will of the acting government body. It's easy to tell Leo to "Stay safe" and good luck with his mission. But he's going to need alot more than friendly words of caution to make it out alive this time.
This film is definitely politically charged to some degree and may have messages, implied or clearly stated, the might strike a cord with people in a negative or positive manner. It's best to put political affiliations aside sometimes and not let films like this spur grudge matches between member of different political parties. So whether or not you are into politics or have personal views about the government, we should just learn to appreciate the simple things. You know, like the fact the something like the purge doesn't actually exist in real life. What a nightmare that would be, right ? Looking at the financial side, these films have a mostly solid track record at the box-office and have always delivered for the studio. The Purge: Election year could do solid numbers if word of mouth is good and fans show up in droves to watch this on opening day and throughout the week.