Plot: The annual purge is right around the corner, but if Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) has her way, it will be the last one. This is an election year and she has managed to drum up significant support, with her promise of ending the purge if she in put into office. After watching her own family murdered as a child and seeing all the death and destruction the purge has caused, she is determined to end the barbaric ritual once and for all. But this year’s purge has a new rule, as government officials are no longer immune and can be hunted and killed like everyone else. Roan knows she is a target, but opts to stay in her home where she will be vulnerable, as a sign of solidarity to the public. Leo (Frank Grillo) knows the dangers of the purge all too well, so he warns her about the decision, then settles in to protect her, no matter the risk. As the city prepares for the blood and spectacle of the purge, will Roan be able to survive the night and if so, will send put an end to the purge?
Entertainment Value: This third installment of The Purge series takes us back out in the streets and shows us more of the purge’s impact on the world, such as the triage centers and how foreigners now travel to the US to take part in the ritual. The premise of The Purge is such a rich one, so I appreciated being able to see a little more of the lore within it, even if it was just a little taste. The focus here shifts to the political side of the holiday, but don’t think that slows down the chaos, as that isn’t the case. The movie is still brisk and violent, it is just that this time around, we have a politician in the mix and she has a strong connection to the purge. There are also side threads about a deli owner trying to protect his business, an activist who patrols the streets helping the wounded, and a rebel force trying to assassinate the current leadership. So a lot is going on, including a return of the masked creepiness and unlike the second film, the masked girls here are a lot of fun to watch. The girls wield wicked weapons and have colorful eerie costumes, not to mention cars covered in Christmas lights. Perhaps not as eerie as the freaks from the first movie, but very memorable and a highlight, to be sure. The plot gets a little drawn out and convoluted, but The Purge: Election Night is solid fun and has some bright spots throughout. So for fans of The Purge series or anyone who likes creepy masks, this one is worth a look.
The female purge crew boasts some skimpy outfits, but the movie offers no nakedness whatsoever. These movies always deliver some wild violence and this one proves to be no exception. But like the others in the series, most of the blood is poorly crafted CGI and of course, that is a disappointment. I know the movie has a quirky tone at times, but it also tries to be serious, so bursts of cartoon level CGI really distract. A simple gun shot with no bloodshed would be preferable to this kind of poor craftsmanship, which is saying something, given my taste for blood. But we get some fun moments, like a road rage rundown, parking garage brawl, and some fun background purging in a number of scenes. The dialogue is fine, but outside of the female purge crew, not many memorable or colorful lines pop up. I did love a line from the deli owner, “Goodbye, blue cheese,” but one line just ain’t enough. But the purge girls provide some over the top dysfunction and drama, despite their brief screen time. As far as craziness, the purge girls once again come to the rescue and amp up the wackiness, as do some overly enthusiastic tourists who can’t wait to purge. Otherwise, this one follows the blueprint for the series and does little to deviate from that path.
Overall Insanity: 2/10