<Spoiler Alert!!> What follows is a scene by scene reveal of The Purge: Election Year. This is NOT a review, but a full accounting of the entire story from beginning to end, with full spoilers. The Purge: Election Year spoiler – what happens in the movie.
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The Purge: Election Year spoiler begins with evidence of a heated nation-wide political battle for President of the United States, between Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) and Minister Edwidge Owens (Kyle Secor) Although the two debate about several issues, at the forefront is The Purge, the annual 12 hour period when there are no laws, and murder is expected. A flash back of Charlie Roan’s reveals that 18 years ago She and her brother, mother and father were captured by a crazy purger and tortured mercilessly, until finally the maniac exclaims that he’s going to play a game, called “Mommy’s Choice”, indicating that everyone will die other than the one that the mother chooses to live. Obviously Charlie won that coin toss…
Now Charlie is a vocal opponent of the purge, determined to see this practice come to an end. Though she has been a long shot throughout the race, on this day just a few months from the election she is gaining in the polls and trails by just 1 percentage point. None of this goes unnoticed by The Counsel, consisting of the original “Founding Fathers” who instituted the purge in the first place, and a smattering of other elites. The leader of this group, I guess the “head founder”, is not willing to have the wealth and privilege they have created be dismantled by some woman with a good speaking voice. So the plans are set in motion, the enemies of the status quo will be targeted during this year’s purge, and the threats to their meal ticket destroyed.
During the set-up which includes several news broadcasts, another threat is revealed who will also be a target of the counsel – Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge). Dante is an outspoken activist against the purge, speaking of how the poorest and most vulnerable are disproportionately the ones killed, and therefore the government doesn’t have to take care of them. This, he says, is the source of the abundance enjoyed by the survivors – just kill all of those who are a drag on society.
Meanwhile there is another storyline going on, happening at Joe’s Diner in a predominantly black neighborhood. Joe (Mykeiti Williamson) is a kindly but firm gentleman who runs his shop with the help of Marcos (Joseph Julian Soria), an immigrant from Mexico who became a United States Citizen two years earlier. Joe is a kind of father figure to the community, and is very close with Laney Rucker (Betty Gabriel) a woman known as a universal bad-ass who now spends her time riding around town during the purge in a medical van to assist those who may be injured. When two teenage girls wander into the store and attempt to steal a candy bar, Joe jumps into action but to no avail – one of the girls, a particularly nasty biach, threatens that if Joe touches her to retrieve the stolen candy bar she will cry rape and have him put away. When Laney walks up, however, she is recognized. The foul girl turns over the candy and leaves the store, but not before giving Joe a threatening look.
All the while in Joe’s deli the news is showing, and Senator Charlie is on the tube talking about her position. The young deli assistant Marcos loves her, and is sure she will win. Joe is a bit more cynical, but he is still good natured about Marcos’ enthusiasm. Joes’ good mood ends abruptly however when he gets a call from the company that handles his purge insurance. The rates have suddenly skyrocketed, just days before the purge, and Joe can’t afford to pay them. He will have to stay at the shop and protect it himself.
During the very television broadcast that Marcos is watching at Joes, we meet Detective Leo Barnes, the head of security hired by Charlie to keep her safe. Charlie has pulled one of her “stunts”, heading down into the audience to shake hands instead of maintaining her safe spot on the stage. Barnes is pissed. He races around to get the rest of the security staff in a position to protect her, and it’s pretty clear that he takes his job very seriously. If Barnes looks familiar to anyone, this is the same guy from the second installment, The Purge: Anarchy. In that film he was the lead, a cop driven to alcoholism when a drunk driver kills his young son and then gets off “scott free” via a technicality in court. He spends that film hunting down the perp, to exact his own justice on him during the purge time. In the end, <spoiler inside a spoiler> he decides not to kill the man and re-embrace his humanity instead. Now he works for Charlie.
As the purge approaches, there is a public announcement made stating that public officials, who had previously been exempt from the purge and therefore could not be killed with impunity, are no longer exempt. Everyone is now fair game. Clearly this is part of the master plan by The Counsel to make sure that they can dispatch their enemies without legal retribution. Charlie announces to Barnes that she will not go to the “safe house” where the country’s elites wait out the mayhem, but instead will stay at her house. Now Barnes needs to make that house safe, and gets to it installing cameras, doors, and a huge number of armed guards throughout. Nothing gets past this guy…
As final preparations are made for the purge and the witching hour approaches, Barnes and his staff get everything set up and prepare to hunker down for the night. But then it is revealed; At least two of the guards are defectors, and they mess around with the security cameras to display a recorded loop of the sniper at the top of the building and several other guards posted outside. Barnes walks in just as they finish and doesn’t suspect anything, but almost immediately a group of militia men, complete with “White Power” patches across their backs and emblazoned with Confederate flag insignias, pick off the outside guards and Barnes is none-the-wiser. It isn’t until he sees some suspicious saving to the camera by one of his guys on the video screen followed by his failure to acknowledge his radio call that Barnes fixes the screens and sees the truth – his outside guards are all dead. To make matters worse, one of his employees uses the secret code to unlock the door to the outside and lets the militiamen in.
Meanwhile Joe is perched on the roof of his deli, waiting for trouble. Marcos has joined Joe, and although Joe protests Marcos isn’t going anywhere. Joe has been good to him and he’s going to help out. Just in time it seems, because that nasty girl who tried to steal the candy bar shows up in a car decked out in Christmas lights, filled with a bunch of her friends wearing fishnet stockings and scary masks. Each of them have guns with a ton of bling, and this little girl is not leaving until she gets her candy bar… and kills Joe and destroys his business. Joe warns her to leave, and fires a warning shot at the ground in front of the girls. They laugh it off, and approach the door to the deli until… Marcos himself shoots and takes off the girls ear. This gets her attention, and while shouting obscenities and warnings she gets back in her brightly lit car and drives away.
Barnes is in full cop mode, going into Charlie’s room and demanding she put on a bullet proof vest. He locks the door and reveals his secret escape, a door he’s cut in the floor that exits to the room below. Nobody knew of this door other than Barnes, even his own security staff. They go through the door and escape outside, but as they flee one of the militia men shoots at the pair and strikes Barnes in the shoulder. Charlie drags him to the side of the alley out of immediate gun fire, and Barnes pulls out his cell phone and hits a few buttons. He had another trick up his sleeve, in the form of a bomb left in Charlie’s room that he can trigger remotely. He detonates the bomb and kills the shooter along with the security dudes who betrayed him. Off he and Charlie go, then, in an attempt to get outside the city and to a safer place.
Charlie and Barnes encounter many grisly scenes and murder attempts, and work to outrun a drone that is lit with florescent lights that is following them and taunting them. Finally Barnes shoots the drone.
Around the next corner, Barnes and Charlie encounter a crashed car with the bodies of several guys in clown suits lying around. As they attempt to pass, they discover that these clowns are not dead at all, but instead laying in ambush. Barnes shoots most of them and all seems clear, until another comes around the corner and tazers them both. Now they’re caught.
When Charlie and Barnes wake up they are laying in the street with a dozen or more crazy purgers running around them and taunting them in either another language, or in English with a heavy accent. We saw people like this earlier in the movie, during the news cast – they are purge tourists; people from other countries who come to the U.S. during the purge to participate and kill people. They are wearing masks and outfits mocking Americana, including a statue of liberty mask and an Uncle Sam outfit. They talk about how they hate America, and how they want to purge their negativity, and are about to kill Charlie, but wait…
Charlie and Barnes just happen to be near the deli where Joe and Marcos are standing watch. Marcos notices the group, and recognizes his hero Charlie. Joe and Marcos swiftly dispatch all of the foreigners, killing each and saving Charlie and Barnes. They take them both inside the deli and lock the steel protective doors behind them. Everything seems safe, until…
That evil girl with the Christmas Tree car is back, but now she’s got friends with her with big ass saws designed to cut through the steel and enter the deli. Joe calls his friend, the bad-ass Laney Rucker, but shes busy in her medical vehicle and doesn’t answer the call. Joe leaves a message for her, and each of the deli occupants take a post at the back and front doors prepared to shoot the evil girl and anyone else who tries to come in. Things look bleak. But again…
Here comes Laney – she got the message. Rather than slow down as she approaches the deli, she accelerates and knocks the evil girl and her friend high in the air and against cars and buildings. Upon exiting her van she notices that evil girl is not yet dead and promptly shoots her in the head. Joe lets her in and they decide to head to the medical safe house with the Senator. And yet again, there is a problem…
Those militia guys. They have a helicopter and they are looking for Charlie, and they’ve found her. How? Well, that bullet that Barnes took… it had a tracking device in it. The van pulls in under a series of overpasses to get free of the helicopter and the group prepares to leave on foot, but that’s not gonna happen. Nearby there was a gang war of sorts going on, and now they have all set their sites on the van. The hoods surround the vehicle and start pounding on it, and the crew inside are afraid to take off because the gangsters might start shooting. But then, they’re gonna start shooting in a second anyway. All seems lost, until Joe let’s out a whistle. That whistle is returned from outside, and the pounding stops. Joe used to be a Crypt, part of his seedy past, and that was the gang’s whistle call. The crew inside opens the door and sees the gang members, now looking more friendly. One of them says they’re not going to kill them, but asks that they please help a hurt friend of theirs. Barnes says we’ll help you, if you help us. Barnes had used a medical device to fish the bullet out of his shoulder, and the Crypts took it and planted it in another location. When the militia ground troops found it and swooped in to kill, the Crypts were waiting and they shoot them dead.
The crew arrives at the medical safe house, and Charlie finds that the activist Dante Bishop is there. He helps the wounded, and allows homeless people to seek refuge there. Joe and Marcos, believing their work is done, get in the medical truck with Laney and head back to the deli. While at the safe house Barnes discovers that Dante and his crew are planning a little purge of their own, to sneak into the bunker used by the elites, held in a church, and kill Charlie’s political opponent so Charlie can win. Charlie says not to do this because it will make him a martyr.
But there’s trouble in paradise. The counsel has sent government troops to infiltrate the safe house, to kill Dante because he’s an obstacle to maintaining the status quo. So Joe and Marcos, along with Laney, are called back so they can take Charlie and Barnes to safety. Unfortunately their van is hit by the militia and they snatch Charlie, capturing her. Barnes says, “I know where they’re taking her. I know why they’re keeping her alive”, and off they go…
When the crew, minus Charlie, arrives at the destination Barnes tells them to hang back as he approaches a mob of violence, led by Dante. It seems they took Charlie to that safe house for elites, and plan to use her for their “purge church” where the elites are able to kill people that are rounded up and restrained for them. This is led by the Minister, who is the one running against Charlie for president and the one that Dante and his group intended to kill. Barnes says that now, this is a rescue mission.
The Dante group enter the church via some secret tunnels that apparently have existed since the time of George Washington, and end up shooting many of the people gathered there to watch Charlie die. A super-strange guy who is a kind of servant to the Minister and his followers escapes, but Dante and his buddies save Charlie from getting her throat cut by the “head Founding Father”, who was about to deliver a throat slitting to Charlie. Charlie then finds a room full of people tied up and waiting their turn being purged by the elites, and works to release them. Meanwhile Dante heads out to find the Minister, who he still wants to kill. Charlie begs him again not to do it and make him a martyr, be as bad as they are. He goes in to do it anyway, but ends up not killing this bastard, saying to Barnes that Charlie that she had better win.
On their way back, Dante and Barnes encounter fire from the militiamen, the original militia guys who tried to kill Charlie in the first place. Dante hotwires a car and crashes into two of them, killing them, but is shot up and killed in the process. The only one left is the head militia guy, the one with Confederate flags all over him. He and Barnes both run out of ammunition and get into a knife fight. Eventually Barnes wins. Barnes heads back to the room with the hostages.
Back in the hostage room, we haven’t seen the last of that weird servant to the elite though, and he blasts into the room that housed the captive people and starts shooting, wounding Marcos and Joe. Joe shoots back, and it becomes a repeated shooting to the death between the weird guy and Joe, and both men die. Marcos is alive. Barnes comes in right afterward, from his time with Dante, and Joe passes the torch of protection of Charlie back to him. Charlie, along with Barnes, Marcos and Laney Rucker, have survived the ordeal.
Two months later Marcos is working to repair the deli, which Joe left to him. On the television the count from the presidential election is happening, and it’s close. They it is shown that Charlie has won Florida, the state that Marcos said she needed to win to be victorious, and she has won. Laney walks in and it’s a happy moment. The movie is over.
But… during the credits, at least at the beginning of them, the newscaster says that there are those who want the purge who are mad, and getting violent. The door is left open for another sequel.
And that’s your The Purge: Election Year Spoiler.