“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
– Thomas Edison
The Purge movies can be a bit rudimentary at times with mindless, excessive violence and one dimensional characters. However basic they may be there is no denying the effort to mirror, to an extreme, the current climate of a country that seems to be so much at its brink of tolerance versus intolerance. It’s ideologies against what seems to be the greater good. If the year 2020 taught us anything it’s how selfish people truly are and how much such a large portion of this country is in this for themselves at the point of sacrificing anyone they have to. Hatred seems to be a prevailing theme these days and in that regard the Purge films are scarily accurate. Let’s just hope they aren’t a kind of Nostradamus predicting our near future. The orange idiot definitely proved there’s plenty of mouth breathers willing to fight for things they clearly don’t comprehend. And they’re armed too which is just the cherry on top of a shit sundae.
Strictly from a cinematic standpoint the Purge franchise is flimsy at best, gratuitously stupid mostly. That said, I must admit I enjoy this franchise. It’s never risen above subpar but for a night where all you want is an overly violent action flick these movies are a viable option to choose from. A particular favorite of the bunch is Election Year. I’m kind of a fan of Frank Grillo; he’s crass, abrasive, a kind of leading man that isn’t all about being the most liked person in the room. He’ll save the day but tell you to fuck yourself in the process. If John McClane were a real person I think his name would be Frank Grillo. But now we’re at the fifth and supposedly final Purge movie known as The Forever Purge. Each story has featured a different group of people each affected differently in a situation too horrific to imagine. This time the setting is deep within the dummy state of Texas where of course every asshole and their walking cum stains has a gun. It’s a great recipe for a movie that demands a kind of lawless form of violence. Enter Texas.
This time the theme of immigration is at the forefront of a purge coming and going like any other. This time though the real terror begins when the official purge ends and a mass group of trump supporters… I mean a militia of rednecks decide the purge should be an all year occurrence. Their targets? Anyone with a complexion darker than a game of golf. If you catch my drift…
Needless to say, all hell breaks loose. The beginning of the end has arrived.
This entry into the Purge universe suffers from the same shortcomings that all its predecessors tripped over. One dimensional characters put in place for the singular purpose of being forced into a period of abhorrent violence all at the behest of a theme they’ve chosen to focus on for that particular movie. There’s also this idea that a purge would invite nothing but violence when in reality I have to believe it would primarily be looting and theft. I’m not saying violent acts wouldn’t happen but at the level these movies depict is on an astronomical level. We are a messed up species but I refuse to believe it would be this bad every single year. Then again, give an inch, expect a mile.
Despite its simplistic execution it never shies away from the ideas it establishes in the first act of the story. You see the rich manipulate like they always do and the prejudice of people come face to face with their biases forcing a kind of self reflection even if it’s short lived. These aren’t ever going to be movies discussed in a serious fashion among rights activist groups or any kind of political theater about the issues it addresses but nevertheless the attempt is what matters and for subjects guaranteed to bring about controversy it’s hard to deny the nerve to make movies like this. And whatever the message intended at the end of the day, what matters most is the entertainment value. The Purge movies are made for those that know what kind of movies these are and are perfectly okay with it. I see the issues with these movies, there’s a plethora of them but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find a kind of enjoyment in them. With the exception of the first Purge movie (I hate that goddamn kid!)I’ve enjoyed each entry for what little they have to offer.
This long winded rambling is my way of saying The Forever Purge is much like the others. It’s violent, ridiculous and riddled with absurdity but it tries to convey a message rather than just delivering an empty thriller. It might not be full of wisdom but I would argue it’s at least fifty percent of the way there. Whether it’s half empty or half full I’ll leave up for you to decide.
Rated R For: strong/bloody violence, and language throughout
Runtime: 103 minutes
After Credits Scene: No
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Starring: Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Alejandro Edda
Directed By: Everardo Gout
Out of 10 Nerdskulls
Story: 7/ Acting: 7.5/ Directing: 7/ Visuals: 7
OVERALL: 7 Nerdskulls
Buy to Own: I could take it or leave it. As a completionist, I would say yes.
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