Spoiler-Free Review of “The Forever Purge” in Theaters: Murder Ever After

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“The Purge can no longer be contained…”

The Forever Purge is the fifth film in the popular franchise. It takes place after the events in The Purge: Election Year. The NFFA has re-instated the Purge once again, as we follow a new set of characters in Texas. The film stars Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Cassidy Freeman and Leven Rambin. It runs for 103 minutes.

It’s no secret that I absolutely love The Purge franchise. I recently re-watched the four prior movies and I adored the short-lived television series, which ran for two seasons. I appreciate that the Purge always tries to do something different in each of its installments. 

In The Forever Purge, we are introduced to a couple who traveled from Mexico to the United States to find a better opportunity. It seems like things are going well for them until they experience their first Purge in America and all hell breaks loose as old rules are thrown out the window.

Here is the trailer:

The Forever Purge is rumored to be the last film in the franchise so the bar is set pretty high for this one. Does it deliver or does it pale in comparison to the other films? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Ana de la Reguera is bad-ass!

I love Frank Grillo as Leo Barnes in the Purge films so I needed someone like that to really kick some ass. I recently watched Ana de la Reguera in Army of the Dead, but she is the best part of The Forever Purge movie. The Purge may unleash the crazies, but you do not want to mess with her…

More please!

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A new take on the Purge.

If you watched the trailers, then you know that this Purge is going to last well past Purge night. In the series, we explore the idea of life after the Purge and I appreciate that we always get something a little bit different in each film to prevent things from feeling stale and overdone.

In the first film, we focus on a home invasion, the second film brings us into the heart of the city, the third film explores true change, and the fourth film shows us the very start of the Purge.

In The Forever Purge, we learn what would happen if Purge night extends past that night. Chaos spreads quickly as the creation becomes completely untamed. I’m not sure that this is a fitting end for the franchise, but it was a different take on things. I also kind of really enjoyed the Western-Cowboy setting to change things up from the urban ones we are used to.

The Cons:

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Don’t lose sight of what makes The Purge work…

The Purge is terrifying because it is something that could actually happen…

The world is a scary place and we witness horrible and unspeakable crimes every day. It wavers very close to reality and that’s what makes it frightening. We don’t need added jump scares. This just felt completely out of place. I also didn’t really like the day setting for the film because the terror unleashing at night had a more chilling impact in my opinion.

In addition, all of the Purge films are political in a lot of ways, but this film really pushed the envelope with that…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Overall, I thought this film delivered and was highly entertaining. It brought plenty of action and brutal moments and it kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. While there were some rough edges and inconsistencies, I thought this was a decent entry into the popular franchise and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Is this truly the end of The Purge franchise?

Well, it’s rumored to be, but I’m hopeful that The Purge will return and bring back my favorite character of the franchise. You never know… 

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Forever Purge in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Army of the Dead” on Netflix: Ocean’s Eleven meets World War Z

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“This should be a simple in and out…”

Army of the Dead is a horror action film that released on May 21st 2021 on Netflix. The film stars Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Tig Notaro, Omari Hardwick, and Garret Dillahunt. It runs for approximately two and a half hours.

The film takes place after a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas as a group of mercenaries go through zombie territory in order to pull off a heist with a lot of cash.

Here is the trailer:

Army of the Dead looks like it could be filled with a lot of gory zombie fun, but does its dragged out set-up get in the way of pure greatness? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Fun dynamic between characters.

This movie had an Ocean’s Eleven vibe going on and I actually thought this worked in the movie’s favor because you cared more about what happened to the characters. Dave Bautista played the exact role I needed him to play and we also had some other stand-out performances as well. 

It was honestly really funny to see good guy Garret Dillahunt from Fear the Walking Dead play a complete jerk and I think that the comedy sprinkled throughout the film actually really helped. The film didn’t take itself too seriously and that was important because all I wanted was an action filled zombie flick and I think it delivered on that.

Lots of action.

If you came for lots of violence and action, you will not be disappointed. Once the film gets going, you will have plenty of that to go around. The Vegas setting worked in the film’s favor and the zombies were actually pretty formidable too, which prevented this film from feeling overdone and stale.

The Cons:

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Way too long and issues with pacing.

My biggest con about this film is the length of it. I don’t want to watch a zombie action film for two and a half hours. I don’t really want to watch any film for that long, but I make exceptions here and there.

This movie should have been an hour and forty minutes and I think the dragged out length really hurt this film. We don’t even get any real gritty action until over an hour into the movie and that’s when the film takes off, but this film could easily lose an audience within the first hour.

While I loved the introduction to the gang of characters, we could have fast forwarded through a lot of the unnecessary fluff. The heart-to-heart talks and slow moving flashbacks were a little too much as well.

I think that if this film had broken away from that and just embraced its real identity, it would have been much better in my opinion.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

While I was on the fence about this movie during the first hour, things picked up once we got to the meaty part of the plot and the action, gore, and comedy really delivered for me. I thought this movie was a lot of fun. It wasn’t anything truly epic or outstanding, but it was thoroughly entertaining.

The movie was way too long, but luckily it made up for that in the second half. If you are looking for some zombie fun with a lot of action, you’re in the right place.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Army of the Dead in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

THIS COMPETITION IS KILLER…

Scream Hunt Coming Soon

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

My new young adult horror thriller comes out October 7th 2021! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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