The Forever Purge is a 2021 American dystopian action-thriller film about a rogue group that continues the practice despite its abolition.
Directed by Everardo Gout (TV series The Terror; Mars; Luke Cage; Banshee) from a screenplay written by co-producer James DeMonaco, the film stars Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Leven Rambin, Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman.
After the events of The Purge: Election Year, this new story focuses on Mexican couple Adela (Ana de la Reguera) and Juan (Tenoch Huerta), who seek refuge from a drug cartel at a Texan ranch. Unfortunately, they are soon at the mercy of a group of outsiders who decide to unlawfully continue their own Purge…
” …the action was decent, and the setting change helped more than I thought it would. The real issue is that we’ve seen this story played out the same way fives times now, and though The Forever Purge wants to have a timely message, this series hasn’t figured out how to do it effectively. Is it my kind of movie? No, but it has its core fanbase that should at least be satisfied.” Arrow in the Head
“America is diseased.” It drives that home at every possible turn. It’s well made and full of fantastic action set pieces, but it’s so profoundly pessimistic that it amounts to a grueling and unpleasant experience.” Bloody Disgusting
” …The Forever Purge doesn’t quite hit the same pulse-pounding highs with its set pieces the way that Anarchy, Election Year, and The First Purge did, but there are still some memorable scenes all the same, including a no-BS discussion that is shared between Lucas’ character Dylan and Huerta’s character Juan that thoughtfully tackles racism and the misunderstandings that can happen between people from different cultural backgrounds.” Daily Dead
“This chapter delivers purging cowboys, Saw-style traps, terrifying masks, and the destruction of El Paso, TX. The Forever Purge is my personal favorite of the entire series and I’m truly thankful that DeMonaco is penning a 6th installment. As I said before, I’m blown away by the fact that the fifth installment of the franchise is genuinely fresh and groundbreaking.” Dread Central
” …continues the franchise’s conscious move away from horror and further into action, which means that while the film is never scary, and never really tries to be, there’s at least a pacey escalation of set-pieces, decent enough to keep us awake but generic enough for us to forget them soon after.” The Guardian
“If only The Forever Purge really dug into its subject to come up with something beyond the usual talking points and by-now familiar action beats. The movie skips along the surface of the issues and misses a few chances it sets up for itself to deliver something dramatically and/or sociopolitically stimulating.” Rue Morgue
” …crude, if occasionally accurate, politics, and action-heavy second- and third-acts to satisfy our individual and collective need for the equally crude catharsis of seeing random and not-so-random villains get their well-earned comeuppance in increasingly brutal, violent ways. In both cases, The Forever Purge unapologetically succeeds.” Screen Anarchy
Delayed from an original July 2020 release date, The Forever Purge was released by Universal Pictures on July 2, 2021.
Cast and confirmed characters:
Ana de la Reguera … Adela
Cassidy Freeman … Emma Kate
Veronica Falcón … Lydia
Susie Abromeit … Mrs. Hardin
Tenoch Huerta … Juan
Anthony Molinari … Merc
Joshua Dov … Dalton Levay
Sammi Rotibi … Darius
Gary Nohealii … Joaquin
Patrick Millin … Sheriff Deputy
Gregory Zaragoza … Xavier
The film was mostly in California having been awarded nearly $6.5 million in tax credits by the California Film Commission. Production was set to begin in November 2019, with 25 days of filming in San Diego County.
On November 10th and 11th, filming took place in downtown Pomona, on a block of storefronts transformed into fictional businesses, including a tavern and a gun store. The following week, filming took place at a movie house and an American Legion post in Ontario. Principal production wrapped in February 2020.