This entry was just as enjoyable as its two predecessors and presented a similar amount of thought-provoking topics, however the film often got too caught up in the action, failing to adequately examine the ideas it brought up. There are some really interesting things in the film that are introduced, but are quickly cut short, such as "murder tourism" and the "Purge mass". The "Purge mass" seemed to be aiming to do what the auction did in "The Purge: Anarchy", but is not nearly as successful in being interesting or exciting. The idea of "murder tourism" was probably the most interesting new idea presented in the film, but it was disappointingly only featured in two short scenes.
The new protagonists in the film were developed well. The character of Senator Roan is developed from the first scene. The audience is immediately able to sympathize with her due to her past experiences. Joe, Marcos, and Laney are also all quickly developed and are rather relatable. Each one of them offers a unique, likable personality, notable for their devotion, perseverance, or selflessness. The returning character, Leo Barnes, is the only protagonist that isn't particularly well-developed in this film, but he was extremely well-developed in the second film, so audience members who are familiar with the series will still sympathize with the character. His characteristics and development from the last entry are briefly mentioned, however not adequately enough for him to function well if this were a stand-alone film.
The film is obviously not one of the best films ever made: there are a fair share of continuity errors between shots and even between the films, however, there are some very good technical elements. The cinematography is really impressive, which, combined with the score, helps to build up the eerie atmosphere of the film. The production design is also good, creating a believable world of the Purge through creepy costume and prop choices.
So overall, "The Purge: Election Year" is another really enjoyable entry into the series that offers a lot of interesting commentary, however some of the ideas aren't thoroughly examined. In comparison to the rest of the series, I liked it bit more than the first film, but not quite as much as the second.
The Purge: Election Year
Big Tuna's Rating: A-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.