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Government-sanctioned annual periods of legalized law-breaking have to start somewhere. This prequel takes the franchise back to the beginning, revealing the experiment that started it all. In order to bring the crime rate below 1% for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America decide to test a sociological theory: allow the residents of a single isolated community to vent their aggressions unchecked for one night. But not everyone in that community is interested in being the government’s test subjects… The First Purge was written by The Purge franchise creator James DeMonaco and directed by Gerard McMurray. The film stars Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, and Marisa Tomei – who plays the brains behind the whole experiment. Will #BlameItOnTomei be trending?
- Y'lan Noel
- Lex Scott Davis
- Joivan Wade
- Patch Darragh
- Marisa Tomei
- Luna Lauren Velez
- Kristen Solis
- Rotimi Paul
- Mo McRae
Atom User Reviews
Save your money. Very predictable. Nothing original at all. Coming from a moviegoer.
After reading many reviews, I believe those who were offended by the movie have a guilty conscience. Let’s be honest, if this were to happen... this is exactly what would happen. Pay attention outside your comfort zone and you’ll see the reality in which we live in.
Wringing genre thrills from headline atrocities, The First Purge is at once crass and provocative in its timeliness—in Blumhouse’s toolshed, it’s the sledgehammer to Get Out’s scalpel.
The First Purge becomes a call to arms so to speak (sometimes to its detriment) — a reminder that we must stand up and for each other at the voting booths and in our communities now so we won’t need the civil war of Election Year.
It’s not difficult to decipher where McMurray and DeMonaco’s true allegiances are, but by delivering the story within the framework of genre cinema at its most trashy and garish, the filmmakers convey any message as a bit of rough pleasure amid the kicks and thrills of a movie.