(2016) (Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Action/Thriller: A cop turned bodyguard tries to keep a presidential candidate alive during an annual, government-sanctioned, twelve hour period of anarchy where anything goes, including murder.
- It's time for the annual purge, a nationwide, government-sanctioned, twelve hour period of anarchy where anything goes, including murder. Run by the New Founding Fathers of America and its leader, Caleb Warrens (RAYMOND J. BARRY), it's supposedly designed to keep crime down for the rest of the year by allowing people to release their immoral and violent inclinations in an orgy of mayhem and death. But not everyone is in support of the annual event, including Senator Charlene "Charlie" Roan (ELIZABETH MITCHELL). She lost her family to that eighteen years ago and is now running on the platform of eliminating it, something that doesn't sit well with Caleb or Roan's rival candidate, Edwidge Owens (KYLE SECOR).
Also against the event is rebel leader Dante Bishop (EDWIN HODGE), nearly a purge victim years ago, while deli owner Joe Dixon (MYKELTI WILLIAMSON) doesn't like it simply because it puts his business at risk, something made worse this year when his purge insurance rates skyrocket. Accordingly, he decides to stay put and protect his place, with his loyal employee Marcos (JOSEPH JULIAN SORIA) staying by his side, while shop regular and reformed bad girl Laney Rucker (BETTY GABRIEL) will spend the evening riding around providing assistance to the wounded.
Similarly staying put is Sen. Roan, thanks to former police sergeant turned bodyguard Leo Barnes (FRANK GRILLO) who's worried about her safety and thus has nothing on his mind but keeping her alive overnight. But not only must he contend with the regular purge participants, but also the government that's announced for the first time that no one -- including high-ranking government officials -- is exempt from the killings. Knowing full-well that's intended to have Charlie murdered, Leo does what he can to prevent those sent to do her in, including the resilient and determined hitman, Earl Danzinger (TERRY SERPICO).
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the first two films in the series, they might want to.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For disturbing bloody violence and strong language.
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