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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie tries to capture the feel of modern-day "confusing times," wherein people are "at each other's throats." It portrays White supremacy as scary and evil. It's strong stuff, but it's also oversimplified, with no commentary or solutions.
Positive Role Models
Latinx characters are portrayed thoughtfully, without relying on stereotypes. Adela is a strong, capable woman, able to handle herself in a fight. Dylan Tucker is initially depicted as a quasi-racist who thinks that "we should stick with our own," but he eventually does a complete reversal, revealing that he speaks Spanish and showing gratitude to Latinx people. White supremacists are portrayed as scary, racist villains.
Violence & Scariness
Multiple guns/heavy shooting. Huge blood spurts/gushing blood. Bloody wounds. Characters shot in head. Bows and arrows. Many characters killed. Person caught in deathtrap, nearly killed by a bolt gun. Another character is killed by a bolt gun. Scary Nazi attacks someone. Car crash; person hit by motorcycle. Beating with pipe/sledgehammer. Repeated stabbing. Eye-gouging. Neck-snapping. Neck-slicing. Jump-scares. Animal eating bloody dead body. Hosing blood from sidewalks and walls. Person kicked by horse. Cars, buildings on fire. Gun accidentally pointed at pregnant woman. Creepy masks. Nazi imagery.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. A character mentions being "turned on" by his spouse.
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Extremely strong, frequent language, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "a--hole," "goddamn," "bitch/son of a bitch," "whore," "damn," "hell," "dang," "stupid," "cabron," "pendejo." Exclamatory use of "Jesus Christ." Racist slurs including "browny," "beaner," and more.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Background/social drinking (mostly wine).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Forever Purge is the fifth movie in the Purge series. This one centers on a group of White supremacists who organize to continue the purge after its allotted 12-hour period is over, targeting all non-Whites in the United States. Violence is extremely strong, with multiple guns and heavy shooting, blood spatters, gushing blood, wounds, various other weapons (blunt objects, knives, a bolt gun, etc.), deaths, violence against women, fighting, Nazi imagery, and much more. Language is also exceptionally strong, with uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," racist slurs, and more. Characters kiss, and a man mentions being "turned on." There's some social drinking, mostly wine. Even though the movie's theme is terrifying and relevant, it doesn't have much to say beyond the premise. Uninspired storytelling and the usual gore and jump-scares make it skippable. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Like the previous four movies in this series, this one touches somewhat upon timely modern-day issues, but the routine, unimaginative storytelling sabotages any attempt at satire or significance. The Forever Purge taps into the horrifying White supremacist movement, especially the simmering hatred and prejudice toward immigrants. But aside from establishing the ironic idea of Mexico becoming a haven for escaping American "Dreamers," the movie does little to comment upon or satirize its relevant themes. (At least the movie roots for the Dreamers.)
Otherwise, The Forever Purge offers the usual uninspired collection of jump-scares and bloody killings, played mainly for cheap shocks and thrills, with no real consequences. Director Everardo Gout includes a few interesting, tricky, long-take shots, and he decorates the movie with eerily beautiful graffiti and composed carnage. But his attempts to tie in the events of the ranchers' story with a bigger picture of the United States as a whole tend to fall flat. The only thing this movie, and the series in general, really seems to be saying is that the United States is an inherently violent place, with little anyone can do about it.
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