The Forever Purge Explained: What’s Up With the Ending?

“Doomsday Forever” / The Forever Purge

Genre thriller
Directed by Everardo Goat
Cast Ana de la Reguera (Adela), Tenoch Huerta (Juan), Will Patton (rancher), Cassidy Freeman (Emma), Josh Lucas (Dylan), Alejandro Edda (Juan’s friend) and others.
Студии Universal Pictures, Platinum Dunes, Blumhouse Productions
Release year 2021
Site IMDb

The media franchise is produced by Blumhouse Productions, a company known for releasing horror films. Therefore, it is not surprising that in all parts of The Purge there are elements of horror – probably not the most inventive, but they convey to the viewer the anxiety of an alternative world in which complete anarchy is possible.

The events of the films take place in the United States, where a large-scale economic crisis reigns. The country is run by politicians who call themselves the “New Founding Fathers”. To deal with poverty and discontent of the population, they create “Judgment Night” – one day a year when any crime is allowed from 7 pm to 7 am. Thus, people are offered to “let off steam” and restore justice on their own. Every time everything turns into a massacre without rules, during which there are tortures and brutal murders.

I must say that the idea itself is quite interesting (although the script and production sometimes leave much to be desired). Even in the first film, released in 2013, viewers are revealed to the truth about The Purge – only those who pay for expensive home protection can survive (and this does not always work). The rest turn into easy prey or, losing their minds, go on the attack themselves. In the second part, it becomes clear that the violence is additionally stimulated by the “New Founding Fathers”, who, at the expense of one day, get rid of poor people.

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Contrary to attempts to cancel the annual celebration of violence (in the third part of the franchise, everything went exactly to this), “Judgment Night” occurs again and again. Over time, this phenomenon acquires new meanings, transforming into an ideology. This is what the fifth film is dedicated to (in which, by the way, actor Frank Grillo is no longer among the main characters). So, we have new characters from Texas who have to go through the horrors of a distorted society – this is a wealthy family that owns a ranch, and migrants who fled from Mexico.

Juan and his wife will have to survive the first “Judgment Night”, hiding in a fairly simple shelter and worrying about the fact that ill-wishers will break into them at any moment. But Juan’s employers sit out in completely different conditions – their ranch is equipped with a security system, so they have nothing to worry about. After a night of waiting, everyone returns to their usual activities, but they are in for a big shock – “Judgment Night”, despite the signal to stop shooting, continues. This time, the rules are not set by the government, but by fanatics who continue to kill, proclaiming a new order.

The film’s first conflict arose between a foreign worker and an American cowboy who was visibly annoyed by the presence of a Mexican on his ranch. But soon a real problem arose – patrols of radical nationalist groups formed throughout the city, aimed at exterminating those who “desecrate America”, and at the same time those who simply get in their way. In such conditions, you need to unite in order to save your lives – and the main intrigue lies in whether the main characters will be able to interact, overcoming prejudice.

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The script was written during the presidency of Donald Trump, so dozens of references to incorrect statements were added to the film and the racist sentiments that sounded among the ranks of the politician’s fans were filmed. The creators demonstrate (frankly exaggerating) where all this could lead if the laws were no longer in force in the United States. Moreover, they play with the idea of ​​the desired migration in reverse (there is also a US-Mexican wall) and plunge all the states into total chaos.

Perhaps if the film had been released a year ago (as planned, until the premiere date was postponed due to the pandemic), the picture would be perceived more freshly. Now, the hints about Trump’s rule are already tired, although the social statement about racism that the writers made is still relevant (and it would be great if only the creators of the picture did not overdo it with friendly-ceremonial moments).

Otherwise, the fifth film from the franchise, from which, in principle, you no longer expect anything, turns out to be not so bad. Here, the mechanism of general panic is re-launched so that the viewer constantly imagines himself in the place of the heroes who are trying to survive and take up arms themselves. Due to the fact that The Purge no longer has a time frame, the events take place during the day (this is a big difference from previous films). And the horror of persecution spreads to different territories (there is no salvation even in the desert) – this keeps you in constant tension.

So it ends up being more or less an interesting survival thriller. Only scenes of horror horror are added to it for some reason, surprising the audience with sharp moments accompanied by loud music (apparently, someone from Blumhouse Productions considered this a good idea, confusing a dystopia with a franchise about paranormal phenomena).

Pros: The idea that Doomsday is no longer limited to one day; atmosphere of total chaos; racism as a dangerous driving force of criminal gangs Cons: overkill with friendly-solemn moments; attempts to scare the viewer with loud music Conclusion:

you don’t really expect anything from the franchise, but the new conflict in its own way enlivens the thriller, which plays on a similar plot for the fifth time.

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