After being pushed back a full year, like so many other movies, The Forever Purge is finally getting its wide release this coming 4th of July weekend (the same weekend the last two movies were released), and Blumhouse just graced us with a trailer that looks legitimately awesome!
Ever since the original Purge came out back in 2013, fans on the internet have loved to suppose and joke about what the morning after the purge might look like; the awkwardness of your neighbor trying to kill you, the massive cleanup effort with all the dead bodies, etc.
And from the very first shots of the trailer, it looks like that’s exactly what we’re getting. While it’s still unclear if this movie is set before or after The Purge: Election Year (with the purge’s inevitable outlawing), it is really interesting and refreshing to see a new angle being covered.
That said, the whole eating the rich sentiment expressed by the “Forever Purgers” (as we’re calling them) does echo what we’ve seen in almost all the films thus far. The series has always never been shy about overtly dealing with controversial political topics, and this one looks no different.
Just from the few snippets we got including mentions of the Mexican border, as well as a Caucasian character telling a Latino character to “speak English”, it’s quite clear that issues like immigration, border patrol, and xenophobia will be front and center. The Texas setting with the desert background is admittedly a welcome change from the city street environments we’ve had for every other Purge film.
And while James DeMonaco isn’t directing (he only did the first three), he still wrote screenplay, so this is one more franchise that really benefits from having the continuity of one writer throughout.
There also doesn’t appear to be any returning cast members, but the new cast includes Josh Lucas (American Pyscho, Ford v Ferrari), Ana de la Reguera (Narcos, Army of the Dead), Cassidy Freeman (Smallville, Longmire), and Will Patton (Armageddon, Halloween 2018).
Given all that society has been through over the past year, perhaps another Purge film is exactly what we need for a shared cathartic experience!
The Forever Purge opens in theaters on July 2nd, 2021