THEATRICAL REVIEW: Forever Purge feels like a franchise footnote

In the eight intervening years since the original Purge film arrived and caused global conversations, this iteration just sputters across the finish line.

After two sequels, a prequel and a TV series, the novelty of the whole concept has worn out.

These movies centre on an annual 12-hour reprieve where people can settle scores and commit any crime — even murder — without consequence. It serves as a way to hypothetically quell crime in the U.S. the rest of the year.

It’s an interesting idea, but with The Forever Purge, things are becoming worn out. When lawless murderers decide that the Purge doesn’t stop at daybreak, they attempt to keep the madness going indefinitelt.

While I had originally hoped this iteration would bring the franchise back, it’s lost its roots. It’s not scary or thrilling, and has devolved into an actioner no different than others on the market.

Director Everardo Gout does have some nice set-pieces, and the blood and guts are there for gore hounds.

But even adding familiar faces like Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas and Will Patton doesn’t help. It just all feels stale.

The Forever Purge isn’t a bad film, but it’s not the reinvigoration of the franchise it should have been.

2.5/5 Stars

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