The fifth episode of the ever increasing Purge series ‘The Forever Purge’ adds a new wrinkle to proceedings as the lawlessness of the purge continues after the 12 hour period of criminality is over. We are introduced to a new cast to root for as they try and seek refuge across the border into Mexico.
Adela and her husband, Juan, live in Texas, where he works as a ranch hand for the wealthy Tucker family. Juan impresses the Tucker patriarch, Caleb, but that fuels the jealous anger of his son, Dylan. On the morning after the Purge, a masked gang of killers attacks the Tuckers, forcing both families to band together and fight back as the country spirals into chaos.
Director Everardo Gout makes his big screen bow with a sprawling Purge movie that may have been better titled The Forever Purge: Fury Road. Having previously directed episodes of the Snowpiercer series and Luke Cage, he’s no stranger to action and some of the better sequences on the streets of El Paso are handled particularly well. Series creator James DeMonaco doesn’t leave the stellar cast a lot to work with but what they do have they handle with particular gusto.
The cast led by Ana de la Reguera (Army of the Dead, The Book Of Life), Tenoch Huerta (Tigers Are Not Afraid) and Josh Lucas (Ford v. Ferrari) give you a group that you actually want to make it to the end credits. With Will Patton (Armageddon, Minari) adding some solid support, The Forever Purge is probably the best outing since the original.
With overtones of previous dystopian thrillers such as the aforementioned Mad Max, Escape From New York and even Red Dawn, The Forever Purge tends to borrow more from the genre than it adds and indictment of the final days of Trumps presidency is quite apparent. At times the plotting is as see through as a piece of glass, but there is still more to like here than previous outings.
So sit back, enjoy and wait for the inevitable 6th instalment that will turn up some point in the next 18 months ‘The Worldwide Purge’ or something along those lines. You read it here first.
The Forever Purge is in cinemas Nationwide now