The Forever Purge (2021) Film Review

Director: Everardo Gout

Writer, James DeMonaco

Stars: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman

RATING: 2 Stars

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All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decides that the annual Purge does not stop at daybreak and instead should never end. – From IMDB

The first few movies in this franchise were gold, I freaking loved them. But the last dew installments, and this one in particular, are beginning to get a little over the top and more than a bit ridiculous. Not only is the whole plotline in this film wholly unbelievable, but it drags on for what feels like way too long, and it is the same basic concept as all the previous films. We get the idea, the country locks down for 12 hours and we follow a group of people who have to try and survive until daybreak. The only difference here is that the violence carries on into the following days.

This is a movie for the post Trump era if ever I saw one. The messages it tells about inclusion, and what it means to be American are incredibly relevant right now, and they are things that should be discussed at length. But not only does this film hit you over the head with these messages, they aren’t subtle AT ALL, but the use of those ideas means that you know exactly how the main story is going to play out by the end of the film. There is no way that the bigoted cowboy at the beginning of the film isn’t going to have some huge character development, and change his tune by the end.

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My real problem with these movies is that there is no real villain. The villain is…EVERYONE. It could be your next door neighbour, or that PTA mom that talks to you at the school gates. And it’s hard to get behind suspecting everyone and and hating everyone. It lacks a real villain to rally against. I love a good villain, even more than I love a good hero. So for me, this is always a major down point. It does do a real good job of building suspense though. It may not always lead to something, it does rely heavily on jump scares, but I often caught myself really tense throughout watching, so they are doing something right.

I was sure that this was going to be the end of this franchise, The Forever Purge sounds like the title of the film they intend to end on. But oh no film goers. It is obvious by the way this one ends that we can expect at least one more, and doubtless it will be ore of the same. If you were a fan of the other films in this franchise you will probably enjoy this too, it’s just more of the same, but otherwise, you aren’t missing much by missing out on this one.

‘The Forever Purge’ is in UK cinemas from 16th July.

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