The Forever Purge Review: Like War, The Purge Never Really Ends
the Purge film series – or Purge the cinematographic universe, if you will – started with an admittedly rather shaky premise. What if the crime was legal for one night, man? From there, however, Purge Mastermind James DeMonaco took that premise and built a whole franchise on it. He used it, for example, to examine and reflect the United States, in a way that was often a little too prescient and always uncomfortable. Thus, in our review of The purge forever, we are going to test the vibe of America as it is now (in the Purge).
But hey, I thought they abolished the Purge
Real Purge– heads know this is the fifth film in The purge series. (There were also two seasons of The purge Besides, a television series about the USA. Due to their limited focus, however, I consider them to be a more minor canon.) The first three films in the series were chronological, ending in The purge: election year, in which, yes, they finished The purge.
The first purge, image via Universal Pictures
The fourth film in the series broke with chronological history. And although this is the fourth movie, it’s called the First purge, just to make talking about it even more confusing. But anyway, they gave it that title because it portrays – you guessed it – the first Purge. The government, led by the fascist crackpots of the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) party, carried out the first Purge on an experimental basis. I won’t go into the details of the spoilers, but I will say that the film explains the real purpose of the Purge.
Either way, after that brief hiccup, we’re now back on the chronological train. This film, The purge forever, follow behind Election year. After the triumph of the previous movie, it’s over, baby. The goosebumps of the NFFA have returned to power. And with their return comes the return of the Purge.
In case you missed my post on the Purge forever trailer, here’s what you need to know about the movie. This time we find ourselves at the intersection of two families in Texas. One family is that of the Tuckers, a group of wealthy breeders. There is Patriarch Caleb (Will Patton), his daughter Harper (Leven Rambin), his son Dylan (Josh Lucas) and his wife, Cassidy (Cassidy Freeman). The other family is a couple, Adela (Ana de la Reguera) and Juan (Tenoch Huerta), whose journey we follow from Mexico at the start of the film. Juan, by the way, works at the Tucker Ranch, while Adela is a supervisor at a meat packing plant.
Life for both families is going as smoothly as either one might expect. That is, until the climax of this year’s Purge. That’s when we find out that not everyone wants this to be an annual event. And they don’t want it to be abolished either. Instead, a new group, even more radical than the NFFA, wants the Purge to be a daily activity. Uh, no, thanks.
The purge forever See again
image via Universal Pictures
It’s extremely difficult for me to judge Purge movies in a normal situation, because I love The Purge. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the idea of ââkilling people. If The Purge was real then you can catch me committing financial crimes all night long surrounded by 20 dogs I stole. (ALL crimes are legal.) On the contrary, I like the idea, the novelty and the way DeMonaco has, as I said, used it to hold a mirror to society. (We live in one!) I thought The first purge, for example, was particularly brilliant, from his revealing of the true meaning of The Purge to that punch of an ending.
And now that the story has (FINALLY) featured native characters, I almost floated out of the theater. While Zahn McClarnon’s activist character first appeared and then later became the (spoiler) of the film, I was elated. I turned to my sister and whispered, “I could levitate.” But that’s the icing on the cake. Although I am sad that the Purge leave me – don’t leave me –The purge forever delivered what I expect from a Purge property: a brutal political message mixed with a strong dose of ultraviolence. However, it’s not a perfect movie by any means. On the one hand, there are loose threads hanging down. (Or in my sister’s words, âIs that girl in makeup dead?â She just vanished from history.)
And the blunt political message could be much clearer, especially after the year we’ve all had. But in the end, if you’re looking for the emotional validation that a Purge movie can provide, then my one-sentence review of The purge forever is that it is an adequate ending. I want more, but it will be fine. For the moment.
The purge forever is now in theaters.
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SalomÃ© Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy nature of southern Alabama. When she’s not screaming about internet pop culture, she’s working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Plus, we’re pretty sure she’s a werewolf. Email him at [email protected]