“The Forever Purge” (Universal)
By Catholic News Service
Attempts to lend dignity to this addition to the bloody franchise that began in 2013 by presenting it as a parable about political divisions in the U.S. fail in any way to disguise its essential brutality.
Director Everardo Gout and screenwriter James DeMonaco put a Mexican American couple (Ana de la Reguera and Tenoch Huerta) and various members of the family for whom the husband works as a ranch hand (Will Patton plays its patriarch) through the usual gauntlet of life-threatening jeopardy unleashed when a dystopian version of the federal government allows a temporary suspension of all laws, an arrangement a host of extremists in this iteration want to make permanent.
Excessive gory violence, about a half-dozen profanities, several milder oaths, pervasive rough and some crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.