Universal Pictures has unveiled a new trailer for the sequel The Purge: Election Year. It’s hard to suss out whether this was serendipity or if Universal planned it this way, but the political parallels between the horror pic and our real-life election are unfortunately pretty striking. The third film in the franchise moves away from the simple Purge story and instead turns its focus on the political stage, as Elizabeth Mitchell plays a senator running for President on the platform of bringing an end to the Purge. As it so happens, the annual Purge falls right in the middle of her presidential bid, and she becomes the target of government-sanctioned assassination attempts from those who want to keep this American tradition intact.
Frank Grillo reprises his role of Leo Barnes from the second Purge movie, and this new film takes place two years after the events of that film and finds Barnes on a mission to protect Mitchell’s character at all costs—which is made more difficult by the fact that the two are forced out onto the street in the middle of the Purge. Franchise creator James DeMonaco is once again in the director’s chair, and I have to admit this looks to be the most interesting installment of the series so far.
Check out the new The Purge: Election Year trailer below. The film opens in theaters on July 1st.
Here’s the official synopsis for The Purge: Election Year:
Expanding the universe introduced in the hit franchise that electrified the culture and earned $200 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ The Purge: Election Year reveals the next terrifying chapter that occurs over 12 hours of annual lawlessness sanctioned by the New Founders of America to keep this country great.
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.