Movie Review: The Forever Purge (2020)

Synopsis: After regaining control of the government, the New Founding Fathers of America immediately reinstate the annual Purge. As has been the case, the event was scheduled to last just 12 hours, however a large insurrection movement arises, determined to have a "Forever Purge" that primarily targets immigrants, forcing a small group of Texas ranchers to try to find safety on the other side of the Mexican border.

Who's in it? The movie stars Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, Cassidy Freeman and Leven Rambin.

Review: To tell you the truth, I've never been a huge fan of the Purge movies. However, I saw a copy of this at the library on Friday and, since it didn't cost me anything to watch it, picked it up. After watching it with my wife last night, I have to admit it was better than expected.

The thing I found I liked best about this movie is the events were something I've always thought should have happened a couple movies ago. With all the violence associated with the annual event, it is a bit amazing it took this long for the writers to have a group of people choose to take things well past the 12 hours.

I especially liked how it wasn't just an isolated incident and, instead, turned out to be a wide-spread and coordinated effort that included a mix of people you would expect to want to continue the violence and others who, up until they time they started targeting people, seemed quite normal. This did lead to one or two surprises.

The main characters in the movie were also fun to watch. I definitely enjoyed Adela (de la Reguera) because it was obvious she had some sort of past that would eventually play a role in the movie. I also liked how the group had at least one member that seemed a bit on the fence about the whole thing and could wind up turning against the immigrant members. It added just enough uncertainty to keep the movie interesting.

I'll even give the movie some points for the ending. It provided closure for the main characters while still leaving an opportunity for a future installment. While I'm still a bit undecided about watching another sequel, this movie was good enough to at least make that a possibility.

Final Opinion: It's not one of my favorite movie franchises overall but I did admittedly enjoy this installment and would recommend it.

My Grade: A


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