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Mainstream popular culture about the American far right often is deliberately cautious — or, less charitably, timid. Take Hulu’s adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale, ” which portrayed the horrors of author Margaret Atwood’s imagined future fascist theocracy in which women and queer people are targeted, but left out the parts in which people of color are deported en masse and probably exterminated. Another example would be the Marvel Cinematic Universe villain Thanos, who commits mass genocide in the “Avengers” movies, but in an egalitarian manner: He murders half of everyone in the universe for the sake of the environment, without regard to race, creed or religion. These pop culture series engage with real world hatreds but tweak how they present those hatreds, so that their products have some distance — some deniability — from the idea that they might be taking sides against those who harbor them today. It’s OK to have films with metaphors about politics, they seem to say, but it’s important to avoid the denigrated quasi-art form known as agitprop if you want to stay respectable in Hollywood. James DeMonoco’s “The Purge” franchise, in contrast, has never been especially concerned with respectability. Released by the low-budget horror production company Blumhouse, the series’ first entry, 2013’s “The Purge, ” was a scuzzy slasher variant that gestured more or less sincerely at racial and class commentary. Later films, though, have gotten slowly and progressively more political. “The First Purge” in 2018 was explicitly antifascist and antiracist, with Black and other nonwhite protagonists fighting an explicitly right-wing government and white-hood-wearing radicals. The latest and (supposedly) final film, “The Forever Purge, ” directed by Everardo Gout, is if anything even more blunt. Some critics will undoubtedly criticize its lack of nuance or sophistication (ignoring the fact that, in the end, it’s ultimately part of “The Purge” franchise). But in ugly times, maybe there’s value in making art that’s honest enough to be ugly — and honest enough to be hopeful, too. The series has all been set in a near future where a far-right religious party, The New Founding Fathers of America, was elected on a law-and-order platform. It instituted The Purge, a 12-hour period in which all laws are suspended, and people are encouraged to embrace purging freedom by killing one another. This supposedly reduces their desire to kill during the rest of the year. In “The Purge: Election” (2016), the NFFA was defeated and The Purge eliminated. But the party regained power and, when “The Forever Purge” begins, The Purge is once again going strong in America. Two undocumented Mexican immigrants, Juan (Tenoch Huerta), and his wife, Adela (Ana de la Reguera), survive the night in a secure facility with neighbors — but the next morning they find The Purge hasn’t ended.
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