I was a little late coming to appreciate the PURGE movies, a journey I’ve chronicled over at our sister site DARKNESS.COM. The latest entry in the franchise, THE FOREVER PURGE, is the first and only one I’ve gone to see in the theater. Early on I was turned off by the sheer preposterousness of the concept. Sadly, after four years of the evil orange wannabe dictator and his braindead lemmings, the whole thing seems a lot less preposterous, a lot more possible, than it used to. It’s this fact, the fact that it reflects a reality that is just almost possible, almost the reality we live in, that lends THE FOREVER PURGE its power. This one’s uncomfortable in a way all the previous entries in the series are not because it hits just a little too close to home.
THE FOREVER PURGE is the best of the franchise, and it serves as the logical conclusion as well as a poetic tying of the bow. It even manages to end on a, relatively speaking, positive note. It fits and is fitting. Kudos to writer and series creator James DeMonaco and director Everardo Valerio Gout for bringing the whole thing in for a proper landing.
As with all the previous PURGE movies, though, I found myself wishing the whole time that the Predator would show up.
As for why I’m posting this review here and not on our sister site DARKNESS.COM, it’s because of the Dracula movie playing in the theater during that particular scene set therein. :)