Fans of The Purge franchise have had to wait a long time for the fifth and final installment–The Forever Purge–to hit theaters, but that wait has now been been cut short by a week.
The film–originally slated for a July 10, 2020 debut before the pandemic moved it back to July 9 of this year–will now grace the big screen on the first day of the long Fourth of July weekend, July 2, as reported by comicbook.com. Hot dogs and popcorn are a given–fireworks are optional.
This isn’t the first time one of the popular franchise’s films has had an Independence Day premiere. The Purge: Election Year (2016) and The First Purge (2018)–the third and fourth in the series–opened around the national holiday. The Purge (2013) and The Purge: Anarchy (2014) hit theaters in June and mid-July, respectively.
The Forever Purge–from director Everardo Gout and screenwriter (and series creator) James DeMonaco–picks up after the presidential elections and the abolition of the Purge. A Mexican couple, escaping from a drug cartel, is stranded on a Texas ranch–where they find themselves at the not-so-tender mercies of outsiders who decide to flaunt the law and continue the Purge. With the unfortunate couple as their first victims.
The film–produced by Blumhouse Productions and Platinum Dunes–stars Ana de la Reguera, Josh Lucas, Tenoch Huerta, Levin Rambin, Will Patton and Cassidy Freeman.
The original movie, as fans know, was set in a seemingly normal, crime-free America in the near future. But the country was really a dystopia that celebrated a national holiday known as the Purge when all crime–including murder–is legal for a terrible 12-hour period. To date, the franchise has been a box office hit, earning more than $450 million worldwide on a combined budget of just $35 million.
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