Just yesterday I was telling a movie-loving friend of mine about my experiences with the trailers for the last two “Purge” movies. I fell for the creepy and well-made teases for “The First Purge” and “Election Year” only to be let down by the actual movies themselves. Series creator James DeMonaco’s attempts at mixing action-horror with heavy-handed political exploitation ended with messy results. Highly profitable, but messy nonetheless.
Getting our first look at “The Forever Purge” left me with similar feelings as before. It’s yet another effective trailer full of chills and tense, rousing moments. This one (allegedly the final film of the surprisingly popular franchise) is set around the southern border between the United States and Mexico. After the end of yet another annual Purge night, a band of baddies decide to keep the violence and mayhem going. While it sounds like an interesting idea, it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny. But that’s nothing new for the series and I don’t expect fans to be too concerned with it making sense.
“The Forever Purge” premieres in theaters July 2nd. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.