The Purge: Election Year Movie Review

‘The Purge: Election Year’ is a recent thriller movie which can also be categorised under the genres: horror, action and adventure. It is the third movie following ‘The Purge’ (2013) and ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ (2014). ‘The Purge: Election Year’ was released in July 2016 and was rated 6/10 stars on imdb. It has been directed by James DeManaco, however there aren’t many iconic actors involved in this movie. It is a rated 15 as it is not suitable for children to watch as it is quite violent and disturbing.


Throughout the The Purge series, there is one event that runs through all the movies which is the purge itself. The Purge is a 12 hour annual event where all crime is legal and no police or ambulance services are available. In ‘The Purge: Election Year’, the purge is getting out of hand and poor civilians are targeted which raises the insurance, making it more difficult to stop the government. A new candidate rises and wants to eliminate the purge. So once again it is March 21 and it is the purge again and this candidate’s life is in danger since the current government is trying their best to prevent the purge being stopped.

The movie poster itself caught my interest and encouraged me to watch the movie due to the dark themes it creates. Personally, I love thriller movies so seeing this movie poster instantly caught my interest as it gives off the thriller/horror theme. It has been well made and the viewers can assume that the movie will be made with good production which was correct.


The budget for this movie was 10 million US dollars which explains why the movie is such high quality, especially as a lot of money had to be spent on makeup and costumes. It has been filmed, edited and produced very well and seems quite realistic. This movie made 118.4 million US dollars which proves that the good production has made the movie to be successful.

This movie received mixed reviews and it is the highest grossing movies of The Purge series. Personally, I really enjoyed this movie and is my favourite out of the series as I found it a lot more interesting. I enjoyed the first one, but was not impressed with the second movie: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ so I was unsure of what to expect from this movie but I ended up really enjoying it and is now one of my favourite thriller movies.

This is one of my favourite scenes:

This is my favourite scene because this is when the disturbing side is beginning to reveal as the purge begins. It sets the tone of the movie, foreshadowing the future disturbing events and deaths. The candy girl (aka Kimmy) is one of my favourite characters in this movie because she creates a significant thrill to the movie, as her character is one of the most disturbing ones. This character is played by Britanny Mirabilé who has done a fantastic job at playing this role.


Personally, I would rate this movie 5/5 stars.


  • Frank Grillo as Leo Barnes
  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Senator Charlie Roan
  • Christy Coco as Young Charlie Roan
  • Mykelti Williamson as Joe Dickson
  • Joseph Julian Soria as Marcos
  • Betty Gabriel as Laney Rucker
  • Terry Serpico as Earl Danzinger
  • Raymond J. Barry as Caleb Warrens
  • Edwin Hodge as Dwayne Bishop
  • Kyle Secor as Minister Edwidge Owens
  • Liza Colon-Zayas as Dawn
  • David Aaron Baker as NFFA Press Secretary Tommy Roseland
  • Christopher James Baker as Harmon James
  • Brittany Mirabilé as Kimmy
  • Juani Feliz as Kimmy’s friend
  • Roman Blat as Lead Russian Murder Tourist purger in Uncle Sam costume (credited as “Uncle Sam”)
  • Jamal Peters as Crips leader (credited as “Gang Leader with Dying Friend”)
  • J. Jewels as Political Debater
  • Matt Walton as Reporter #1

Here is the trailer for The Purge: Election Year


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