Few things are more satisfying in life, at least in cinematography, than entering a projection room to see a feature film with a string of expectations and finally giving you, point by point, everything you’d expect from it. . An unusual yet enjoyable experience, which almost turns to ecstasy when it expands into a saga that strictly meets installment after installment.
The ‘Purge’ case, especially from the second part, subtitled ‘Anarchy’, is a very good example of this. After the humble first stone, which packs a very interesting starting point by squeezing every last drop of its resources – costing it three million dollars to produce – the James DeMonaco-led franchise has satisfied the taste buds closest to it with a broad dose of brush. political satire, violence, and old flavors are palpable even in his view of the past in ‘La primera purga’.
Eight years after the initial gun with ‘Night of the Beasts’, with DeMonaco again doing screenwriting work, Everardo Gout signed ‘La purga infinita’; an evolution – though, perhaps, not a revolution – logical and indispensable from what has been seen so far, that condenses all the essence of the home brand in the most pagan, vengeful – in its own way – and humorous half hour of the pentalogy.
After the original title translated into another huge success from the Blumhouse factory, two sequels that harnessed the full potential of the original idea and which gave us the great antihero played by Frank Grillo, and a prequel that compensates for the lack of freshness with a sense of opportunity and impeccable subtext, the only thing left for ‘Cleanup’ is to adapt to “update or die” and spice up the usual formulas with weird novelties that will help avoid monotony.
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Accustomed to a clean-up night scheme with sirens saving ballots at the last minute—or not—, DeMonaco has thought of expanding the carnage beyond what’s legally permitted with a narrative play that, though not reversed. from ‘The Purge’, works like a charm by allowing to increase the chaos and thematic and conceptual depth of its predecessor.
Once again, the saga offers us a curious cocktail halfway between thriller, purest action, and terror – I’m still fascinated that there are jumpscares in a production marked by a salad of shots – wrapped in a halo of dystopia and the spirit that shamelessly evokes the series. B four decades ago. An imperfect festival that shines thanks to its lack of complexes and which extracts gold from its 18 million budget.
This additional injection of five million compared to the cost of ‘First cleanup’ has helped Gout scale up the action; Not just in terms of setpieces – with more destruction, explosions and piles of corpses than ever – but geographically. Now the action is not limited to any particular city or neighborhood; The south of the United States is a battlefield depicted with courage and toughness, albeit devoid of any stylistic display and with a few occasional faults – continuity faults – that detract from a simple functional finish.
Equally practical are the handful of characters serving scripts who incorporate various clichés and gibberish in their conceptions, but who fulfill their function in spades; acts as a tool to carry the film’s true claims: a sociopolitical discourse navigating through the most cynical waters of public sarcasm and criticism, as smooth as a slap in the face with an open hand – indispensable in a time of calculated speeches and media euphemisms.
Once again, ‘La purga’ oversees his collection of murderous horrors with diatribe about class struggle that, this time, points directly to Mexico’s racial and border conflicts with a history clearly influenced by the “America First” policies and concrete walls of the Trump administration. Another wake-up call for the rise of Alt-Right in the country of stars and stripes who aren’t afraid to show how journalists are executed by shouting “Fake news!” and it contained a terrifying truth in between its catastrophic explosions.
Many of us thought that ‘The Infinite Purge’ – perhaps the best of the five films in the franchise – would mark the end of the anti-utopian horrors of the New Founding Fathers; but recently it has been announced that one sixth in international terms is already underway; which, far from appearing to be a decision taken by the hair, makes sense in the world judging by the state of a planet where hatred is the order of the day. Fortunately we will always have a cinema to clean it for a few hours.