It’s the Purge to end all Purges. In the fifth entry in this unexpectedly popular franchise, the violence continues long after sirens have gone silent. All the rules are broken as a sect of lawless marauders decide that the annual Purge doesn’t stop at daybreak and instead should never end. Taking place after the third, in which the tradition was banned, The Forever Purge looks set to further lampoon American politics. In this case, it looks like a dig at the libertarian right who are intent on sticking to their old ways and willing to kill for it. Against this backdrop, we follow Mexican refugees Adela, and her husband Juan. They have fled the drug cartels in their country and now live in Texas. On the morning after The Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tucker family—including Dylan’s pregnant wife, Cassie, and his sister, Harper, forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos and the United States begins to disintegrate around them.
As per prequel The First Purge, long-time director James DeMonaco sits this one out, though he will be returning as the writer. Instead, TV director Everardo Gout, who has worked on some cinematic small-screen outings such as The Terror, Snowpiercer and Luke Cage, takes control. Personally, I’ve never felt that the property has lived up to the potential of its premise: what ought to be a black comedy satire has instead been presented as rock-out-with-your-Glock-out action. Still, with the movies, and the show, getting progressively better, and far bolder, this may be a memorable last hurrah. The premise itself sounds fairly basic, though the knowing irony of characters fleeing violence in America to get into a welcoming Mexico should give it some contemporary bite. I expect controversy nearer the time, and the obligatory accusations of liberal bias from shock jocks.
Ana de la Reguera (Cowboys & Aliens, Army of the Dead), Tenoch Huerta (Days of Grace), Will Patton (Halloween), Josh Lucas (Ford v Ferrari), Cassidy Freeman (HBO’s The Righteous Gemstones), and Leven Rambin (The Hunger Games) star.
The Forever Purge is released July 16, 2021