The First Purge
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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
- Marisa Tomei
- Luna Lauren Velez
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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.
By exposing on the top-down class-warfare origins of the annual event, the prequel elaborates on the series’ earnest political commentary — and exposes its limits as well.
Despite the assistance reality continues to give it, making an annual rite of government-sanctioned racial violence seem less far-fetched by the day (or by the tweet), Gerard McMurray's The First Purge still fails to establish a persuasive connection to our own moment in time — its occasional winks to current events serving as limp zingers instead of stinging commentary.
The film does mix up the formula in some ways. Unfortunately, these changes are by and large for the worse. It edges away from horror and more towards action, favoring shootouts to scares. The latter are in short supply.