The First Purge

To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community. But when the violence of oppressors meets the rage of the others, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.

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 In today’s fiery political climate, there haven’t been very many films that are as politically driven as the First Purge.  The Purge films tend to work better when there is some sort of message behind them.  However, that ends up being the main problem with this prequel installment.
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While the First Purge’s political message itself, isn’t the problem.  The way that it just blatantly goes around throwing that message is the issue here.  There is really nothing subliminal about, the film is constantly showing the viewer different things, and saying hey look at this.  As the film goes on it also gets very far fetched, as we are supposed to believe that normal people can easily take down people with years of military and tactical training.
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This is probably the worst movie so far in the Purge franchise.  While this is a prequel, the film could have explored a lot more about the beginnings of the Purge, but chooses to do it in a really mediocre way.  The way that this movie treats its audience is also unfortunate.  It will just spill exposition and not let you figure out anything on its own.  Out of all these films, this one probably had the most potential and options as far as storytelling goes, but it completely squanders it.
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One thought on “The First Purge

  1. Didn’t find it terrible, actually liked it in spots. But extremely heavy handed, even more so than Election Year. I’d probably rank them as Anarchy, Election Year/The First Purge, and The Purge.

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