The Purge: Election Year sees writer/director James DeMonaco delve deeper into the sci-fi horror franchise, with ‘this year’s annual purge’ looking as though it will be the deadliest yet.
Frank Grillo (Captain America: Civil War) returns as police sergeant Leo Barnes, who in the previous film, The Purge: Anarchy (2014), was hunting down the man who killed his son during a purge one year. In the process, the sergeant ended up escorting three groups of people who found themselves in danger during the night’s proceedings, and their own individual stories became intertwined. The setup for the second film was executed well, with interesting characters, along with some moments of nail-biting tension, which led the movie to perform at the box office, much like its predecessor The Purge (2013), bringing home $110 million from a $9 million spend.
In Election Year the stakes have been heightened. With a Presidential campaign underway, and candidate Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) pushing for an end to the Purge, there are many purgers that are not happy with the Senators proposals and decide that she must be put down. However, a certain former police sergeant is on hand to escort her to safety.
It’s been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night. Now serving as head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), his mission is to protect her in a run for president and survive the annual ritual that targets the poor and innocent. But when a betrayal forces them onto the streets of D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive until dawn…or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
The Purge: Election Year races into theatres July 15th.