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

*This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!*

“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

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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…

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “The Purge” season 1 episode 6: “A Goddamn Life Saver Man”

Happy Wednesday TV fans!  After watching the USA network’s The Purge season 1 episode 6 last night, the voice over reminded us that “we’re all products of our environment, our upbringing, our history.  But the only way to understand who you are is to recognize where you came from.  That’s how you’ll know what you’re capable of becoming.”  While understanding where you come from is important, that doesn’t mean that it completely defines you.  While it may shape who you are today, it’s up to you to decide if that’s who you want to be tomorrow.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Forgotten,” Henry is excited to have two victims to purge, but Miguel is not about to go out without a fight.  Meanwhile, Jane finally makes it inside David’s home, Jenna has a disturbing phone call, and we finally get to learn more about the man behind the mask.  My top 5 moments from The Purge season 1 episode 6 are:

5

“A goddamn life saver man.  That’s what you are.”

Meet Joe, the man behind the mask.  In this episode, we finally get a glimpse into his past and learn that Joe was actually quite the average Joe prior to this Purge Night.  He was a welder who worked hard and supported his team and family.  There doesn’t seem to be anything too special about him, but circumstances quickly change when he loses his job suddenly and is faced with a reality of not being able to provide for himself and his family.  We finally learn that the voice over comes from a TV channel that Joe switched to after skipping through tons of channels discussing poverty and declining changes in the stock market.  Joe is frustrated and when he hears the voice over, it’s like it is speaking to him directly, almost like a calling.  While we don’t get to see the man behind the voice on the television screen, we know that the voice over is interested in talking about society and encouraging others to purge.  While Joe may have initially gone through with a purge, we know that he is rising up against people who are purging tonight.  After Joe saves a group of men from their attackers, one of the men hilariously tells him that he’s like one of those candies; you know a life saver man and I have to admit that it’s pretty catchy.  While we have finally learned more about Joe, I am interested in finding out how his story and actions will connect to the other characters we have come to know.

4

“All that matters is who you are and who you’re with.”

Jenna and Rick have a close call with some eager Purgers, but are able to make it home OK.  Rick tells Jenna that the threat is over, but she knows that it is not.  Rick is jealous and upset with Jenna for going after Lila, but Jenna tries to explain that “I wanted to make sure you were both safe.”  Whether this is entirely true or not, Jenna has a big heart and clearly cares for both of them.  She tells Rick that she is no longer in love with Lila, but her actions say otherwise.  Jenna has a real conversation with Rick and explains that she saw his face and knew that tonight was all about him.  Rick tries to remind her about where he came from and how he wants their baby to have a good life and to be raised right.  Whether he has good intentions or not, Rick is turning into someone that scares Jenna and she just wants Rick to go back to being a good man.  However, I’m not sure that these two can just turn back time so easily; especially because we know that they were not happy before Lila.  Sometimes loving someone is not merely enough, but are Jenna and Rick willing to do what it takes to make things work for their family?

3

“Do whatever you want to me, but she doesn’t deserve this.”

Miguel continues to do what is right, even when he is tied up across from his sister.  Henry is excited to get the chance to take his revenge out on Miguel and purge both of them.  Penelope seems to be giving up again after she was so strong in last week’s episode, but Miguel reminds her that they are going to walk out of there together and there is something about his words that are so convincing and comforting.  Henry makes a comment to Miguel about how hindsight is 20/20 and Miguel takes this opportunity to say, “More like 10/10.”  Henry is definitely not amused and is ready to take Miguel’s eye as well, but Miguel turns the tables on him.  Miguel proves again to be worthy of the bad-ass title and eliminates Henry as a threat once and for all.  So long Henry.  Can’t say it was nice seeing you.  Miguel frees Penelope, but the threat is nowhere near over as they now need to make it out of the “Carnival of Flesh” undetected, which is easier said than done.  We know the man in the cowboy hat is out for revenge, but Miguel is ready to do what is necessary to protect his sister.  What’s next for these two?  We’ll have to wait to find out, but I pretty much trust Miguel with my life now.  I’d love to see a partnership between Miguel and Leo from The Purge movies.  I have a feeling that no one would be able to stop them and the NFFA would be running away screaming.

2

“Men were men and women were not.”

After Jane makes it to David’s home, she reveals to him that she initially hired someone to kill him, but knows that this was wrong and is ready to help protect him.  Jane quickly realizes that David may not need any protecting, especially when she gets a look at his advanced security system.  David seems to be a little bit too understanding of Jane’s actions and tells her that he wants to show her his collection since she is an art fan as well.  When they get to the elevator, Jane has second thoughts and wants to get out of there.  When she tries to find a way out, she discovers the body of the woman she hired to kill David.  Jane is horrified and is taken down to David’s disturbing gallery, which he describes as “a living breathing art gallery.”  Live women are tied up and on display, but David explains that if the women behave, they can go home unharmed and that there are rules.  But what happens when they don’t behave?  David proves to be quite the misogynist and starts talking about the days when “men were men and women were not.”  Jane is disgusted by what she sees and tells him that he is a pig.  She further tells David that she shouldn’t have called off the hit and David says, “And that’s what makes you weak.”  Before she can react, Jane is taken away by his guards, but I’m hoping that Jane can prove David wrong and show him just how strong she really is.  We know that Jane still has the card of the Matron Saints and this seems like the perfect opportunity for them to remind these men that women have rights too and that this is not OK on any level.  I’m anxiously waiting for Jane to rise up and turn the tables on David once and for all.

1

“She’s dead.”

When Jenna is finally alone, she continues to try and call Lila, desperate to hear her voice on the other end.  Jenna is shocked when a male voice answers and simply says, “She’s dead.”  Jenna is beyond heartbroken and is completely devastated to learn that Lila is gone.  Fear not Jelinna fans, as a knock at the door reveals that Lila is still alive, but she is badly hurt and completely frightened, begging for Jenna and Rick to let her in.  While I am very happy to see that Lila is OK, we know that there are consequences to letting someone in during Purge Night.  Remember the first film?  What will happen now that these three are trapped together under the same roof?  What other threats will come their way?  I’m not certain, but I can definitely see Jenna being forced to make a hard choice between Rick and Lila, but will she make the right one?  Stay tuned!

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

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