If killing was legal for a day, what would happen? Fifth and presumed last installment of the saga, whose tremendous premise connects with the future of our civilization
Converted into a succulent franchise with four films released in the traditional exhibition circuit and a series with two seasons available on Amazon Prime Video on demand, ‘The Purge’ continues to squeeze its sensational starting point with a new installment, ‘The infinite purge’ , whose approach had to break into the apocalyptic scene sooner or later to close the circle. It is no longer valid with a single hunting day. The law of the annual purge promoted by the US government, which allows crime, in all its variants, one night a year, is no longer enough to quench the thirst for justice of some unleashed human beings. Citizens let off steam by murdering by decree, anarchy reigns for a few hours with the aim of lowering the unemployment rate and crime, but a group of heartless people decide that the massacre must never end. The twelve hours of terror, in which you can become a slaughterer, a victim or a hunted hunter, extend without end. The spooky premise continues to play a role, under the direction of
Everardo Gout, a regular television producer on series such as ‘Snowpiercer’ or ‘Banshee’, with a script by
James DeMonaco, the alma mater of the saga, with which it all began. Again it produces Blumhouse, probably one of the most profitable companies of the moment in the audiovisual entertainment business.
Ana de la Reguera (‘Cowboys & Aliens’),
Tenoch Huerta (‘Days of grace’),
Will patton (‘The halloween night’),
Josh lucas (‘Le Mans’ 66′),
Cassidy Freeman (‘The Gemstones’) and
Leven Rambin (‘The Hunger Games’) make up the cast of a continuation that is announced as the final chapter. We will have to see it.
The connections with the present day of ‘The infinite purge’ are chilling. With the spirit of series B, airs of the master of the fantastic John Carpenter and an ideal social background for the times, ‘The Purge’ has become a juicy and profitable franchise. Take advantage of the pull of terror among the young public and the fashion of dystopias while weaving parables without forgetting the fun, not without a certain superficiality. Horror and politics go well hand in hand, but without going too deep. The frontal attack on ‘Trumpism’ and the defenders of white supremacy is evident. It does not disappoint in this sense, like the previous installments, in addition to providing action and suspense scenes. That is, it offers more of the same, maintaining its constants and the level of killing time. At the beginning of the franchise, Ethan Hawke and family locked themselves in their home in a residential neighborhood to have a bad time with a clear objective: that no one would attack them, because they did not think to circumvent the law with such a perfidious government excuse. Of course, someone was knocking on the door, breaking the home harmony. ‘The purge: the night of the beasts’ merged the slasher and the home invasion, subgenres where the victims become the executioners as the cruelty of their attackers grows, slaughterers hidden under delirious masks and costumes. As in ‘The last house on the left’ or the closest ‘The strangers’, the bloodbath is guaranteed at the final climax.
The film was Hawke’s return to terror after his intervention in the disturbing ‘Sinister’, a well-chewed genre cinema, corseted in its rules, to the delight of viewers who enjoy being scared in a controlled way. He played an exemplary family man with ironclad principles who refuses to join the annual moratorium to eliminate his disliked neighbor or that annoying clerk at the corner supermarket. Their master plan so that nobody harasses them, safeguarded in the home, sweet home, well fortified, is in question when an intruder sneaks into the house, in a safe urbanization that is not so safe. A series of unforeseen events unfold and threaten to bring down his clan. Together with his wife, played by Lena Headey (‘Dredd’), and children, he must survive various outbursts of other people’s fury without becoming the same monsters that stalk them outside, masked beings with dark intentions capable of anything to do so. tear the staff apart. The project had a budget of just 3 million dollars at the beginning and raised 34 million in just three days of exhibition after its premiere in the USA. A more than striking figure that allowed the almost immediate announcement of an inevitable sequel, and they go …