“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.”

Director: Everado Gout
Writers: James Demonaco
Staring: Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Leven Rambin, Cassidy Freeman, Will Patton
Release Date: July 2, 2021

Ughhhhhhhhh this was a chore. I say that I will watch anything, and that is true. However, with that caveat is that I know I am going to watch movies that are not good. Such is the case with The Forever Purge (2021).

This premise of a day with crime is really great. It took my by surprise in 2013 when I saw The Purge, but now it has deformed into a violent 90 minute splurge. The original movie was a bit more subtle about the message it was sending about American society, but it is hard to keep that cleverness throughout a franchise. The Forever Purge tries to change the narrative by having some hooligans continue the purge after the final horn sounds. It is no longer 12 hours of crime. It is crime whenever they want it. There is crime forever.

The Forever Purge takes place in Texas and pins the violence of the purge on the tack board of illegal immigration and human decency. There are characters who are treated like garbage just because they wanted to make a better life for themselves and there are characters who have an awakening that their prejudices are unfounded. The character arcs are all predictable and telegraphed from the opening voiceover.

There are some recognizable actors in The Forever Purge, but none more so than Will Patton. The last thing I had seen Patton in was Minari (2021) where he was magical, but since then it has been The Forever Purge and Halloween Kills (2021). He is just fluctuating across the board in terms of genre and quality. That is the sign of a good actor, the fact he is willing to switch up his parts and the genre, but just wish it was better movies.

Also, Josh Lucas is really good at playing a despicable human. He plays that part well. He may be pinned to that type of role in my mind, but it works.

I wish I had anything positive to say about The Forever Purge, but I can not lie to you. I did not enjoy this movie. It was poorly written and every single bit of action that is in the dark is nearly impossible to decipher. It feels like they spent so much time developing the bunny masks for the one moment a main character was truly in jeopardy but then forgot to make the rest of the the movie interesting.

Skip The Forever Purge.

While The Forever Purge was expected to be the final Purge movie, it appears like there is a sixth movie in the works. The Purge franchise creator James DeMonaco notes how The Forever Purge can act as a setup for a global Purge Day. With the relatively small budget and modest success this formula has provided for Blumhouse Productions, I would expect another violent adventure in the coming years. Will I be excited to see it? No way Jose. Will I watch it because it is the perfect background movie? Yes, that is the reasoning.

The Purge franchise has deteriorated since the original was dropped. I have zero faith that anything is going to turn around in this franchise.

  • The Purge (2013): B
  • The Purge Anarchy (2014): C+
  • The Purge: Election Year (2016): D
  • The First Purge (2018): D
  • The Forever Purge (2021): D-

STANKO RATING: D- (1.0/5 Stars)


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