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The First Purge

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Gerard McMurray
  • 97 mins
  • 15

Summary

Futuristic action prequel starring Lex Scott Davis, Y'lan Noel and Marisa Tomei. Among rising social inequality and unrest in the 2010s, the revolutionary "New Founding Fathers of America" party comes to power. When it announces an experiment in which residents of Staten Island may commit any crime with impunity during a 12-hour period, chaos ensues.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

It's The First Purge but the fourth instalment which means it's prequel time for the bonkers Purge franchise about a state-sanctioned night of mayhem when any and all crimes can be committed without consequence. From the title, viewers will probably expect some detailed explanation of how such a crackpot "anything goes" concept ever got greenlit in the first place. But that's not the case. After a brief prologue chronicling US society's seemingly terminal descent into hell, the film segues slickly, quickly and quite excitingly into an experimental first cathartic purge of New York's Staten Island. That's followed by a brutal melange of monetised murder and dodgily argued "ethnic underclass" cleansing that mashes up elements from the first three films - not surprising since the script comes from James DeMonaco, writer/director of the original trilogy. Though thoroughly implausible, The First Purge is efficient, sort of smart, and rather better than a third sequel has any right to be.

Credits

Cast

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DmitriY'lan Noel
NyaLex Scott Davis
IsaiahJoivan Wade
LuisaLauren Velez
The Architect - Dr May UpdaleMarisa Tomei
FreddySteve Harris
Chief of Staff - Arlo SabianPatch Darragh

Crew

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DirectorGerard McMurray

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2018-07-04
Languages
English | French | Spanish
Guidance
Violence, swearing, drug abuse
Formats
Colour
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