The review of Judgment Night forever, the fifth film of the popular dystopian saga where terror is unleashed on the streets without any end. On Amazon Prime Video.
Eight years after the presidential election of Charlery Roan, the New Founding Fathers of America returned to power and revived the so-called “Purge night”, twelve hours a year in which all crimes are permitted and not prosecuted legally. Meanwhile, society is increasingly divided between those who preach white supremacy and those who intend to preserve native culture, an idealistic clash that has many wondering how the impending Purge may prove something of a failure.
As we tell you in the review of Judgment night forever, the story sees at the center of the story a group of characters that revolve around the ranch owned by the Tucker family. It is there that Juan and Adela work as laborers, Mexican immigrants who have illegally crossed the border with the hope of building a new life in the United States. After making it through crucial stages of the Purge unscathed, the couple and members of the Tucker family find themselves forced to join forces when they discover that a revolutionary movement intends to make that period of impunity last forever, starting to commit serial crimes even after the end established. The United States is now in the grip of chaos and the only possible way out seems to be towards the border with Canada or the one with… Mexico.
Never say never
In the created saga, yes James DeMonaco and whose progenitor dates back to 2013 has reached its fifth chapter with The Night of Judgment forever, a film that right from the title – even in the original version The Purge Forever – he immediately makes his intentions clear. In fact, if in the past the time limit was that hypothetical lifeline towards which those trying to survive looked with spasmodic expectation, now that there are no more rules and madness is destined to last again and again, tension can explode even more furious. The screenplay routes an anarchic development in a society now close to collapse, where the faults of the rich are once again paid for by the weakest sections of the population, cornered and often unable to defend themselves with adequate means from the horde of brutal improvised assassins now they hang out on the streets.
Judgment night forever and the other horrors that have told America today
The damned and the heroes
Perhaps also seen the television success of Yellowstoneon this occasion a country setting was opted for, with the Tucker family ranch not only giving rise to compelling pseudo-western dynamics, but also to insert the theme of immigration from Mexico into the narrative, with a couple of the main characters originating from those shores. And it is no coincidence that among the countries that offer a hypothetical way of salvation there is precisely the Central American state, in a paradoxical law of retaliation that is tinged with non-trivial social nuances. Also interesting is the management of the relationship between the figure of Dylan Tucker and Juan, with the first who is forced to review his ideas – pro-racist although not openly declared – and to fight shoulder to shoulder with the farmhand in an attempt to protect their respective families .
A new beginning
Director Everardo Gout, author in very recent times of the singular non-linear Netflix series entitled Kaleidoscope, knows how to manage the action and tensive dynamics, which characterize most of the hundred minutes of viewing. After the initial phase aimed at introducing the characters, in fact, the more playful developments gradually unleash, in a genre crescendo that offers tasty and pleasantly old school, without resorting to digital aids of any kind and useless digressions, often present in homologous productions, in the martial arts vein. A dry and snappy staging, akin to certain influences on the road in the desperate flight of the protagonists from a country that has now fallen into pandemonium, close to a new civil war, which can probably be explored in the next episode, already announced. A showdown without half measures, pleasantly extremist and iconoclastic, which takes up a typical frontier imagery to adapt it to a world now in shambles, to be rebuilt on its own ruins.
Judgment night has been restored, those twelve hours in which everyone can give vent to their basest instincts without paying any consequences: rapes, murders, thefts, everything is allowed in that time frame which becomes a tombstone for many. But as we told you in the review of Judgment Forever, this time the violence is destined to continue even beyond the set deadline, with the so-called Purifiers intending to unleash eternal chaos. The fifth episode for the big screen of the beloved dystopian franchise is tinged with further nuances and opens up new suggestions for the continuation of the saga, proving to be a solid and compelling production that retrieves certain western archetypes and on the road atmospheres in the snappy action staging, energetic and compelling to the right point and not without social nuances that place us before a reversal of roles with a bitterly paradoxical cut (perhaps predictable but no less successful for this).
Because we like it
- Solid genre dynamics, between western instincts and references to the classic climax of the saga.
- A layered narrative populated by interesting characters.
- Some ingenuity in wanting to reiterate certain ideas at all costs.
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