For some reason I have watched every Purge film so far, I don’t particularly enjoy any of them. This is only the second one I’ve seen in the cinema, the rest I waited until they were on streaming, especially after the second one where it was obvious that the films were going to become lazy and had a cheapness to them. It certainly is an interesting concept, but to have 5 films and series seems like over kill for this property.
The Forever Purge is about how this time after the annual Purge, a group of people decide that the Purging should never end and America should be in a Forever Purge.
Somehow I think this might be the best Purge so far. I wasn’t excited for it at all and had very low expectations, the trailer wasn’t good and didn’t sell me at all, and I genuinely thought it might be one of the worst of the year. Don’t get me wrong when I say it’s the best Purge, it isn’t amazing. They’re all in a similar sort of level flouting between 2 stars to 3, where they could be better just varying from watchable to not enjoyable, and this one is definitely leaning more on the watchable side.
So what makes it so much better? Hard to say. The leads of this one are 2 Mexicans in America, so you perhaps no where it goes. The film has some, not very subtle, messages about race and I think the nature of that is a bit of a cheat, but it works to get the film to hit hard.
If I could change this film, there would be a few obvious places I’d start. Firstly the final act, it’s forgettable and boring for something that could’ve been more tense and a better action set piece, it certainly doesn’t feel like the big action set piece that a film like this normally builds up to. Maybe that’s partly down to the small budget these films get. There’s some not great acting or writing but I expect that from a lower budget film. I’d also change the start, we’ve seen plenty of Purge nights in the films, maybe start with a montage of Purge night then go into what happens next, the audience is smarter than you think so don’t be afraid to miss out on backstory or anything. Noone is watching these films for an Oscar level film.
Overall, if you’re a fan of the other Purge films then you won’t be disappointed by this one, more of the same. The only thing disappointing to me is that this one means there will be more in this cheaply made franchise and if this one was good, it might be a step in the right direction but I’m not optimistic.
Also I hate that the main part of the marketing I saw for this film is the guy in the poster and he features in the film for maybe a second.
What did you think of The Forever Purge?
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