‘The Purge: Election Year’

Purge Election YearFrank Grillo reprises his role as a former police sergeant who, two years after choosing not to kill the man who killed his son, has become 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. (R – 105 minutes)

“The Purge: Election Year” may be a relatively decent action flick but it fails fairly miserably at being a horror flick. Moreover, it is certainly a far cry from the direction that most fans of “The Purge” franchise likely had hoped the story would go. Granted, it is thought-provoking and will likely lead to a lot of discussion with whoever you choose to accompany to the movie theater but what was once gruesome and suspenseful is now busy and blunt. Writer/director James DeMonaco goes off in too many directions while relying too heavily on gunfire thereby changing the entire tone of the project. (3 Stars)

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and BreakRadioShow.com that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at joseph.airdo@gmail.com.

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