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Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge.
Action Horror Sci-Fi - This is a prequel to the first three Purge films, and like the
second and third film, this is more of an action thriller than a
horror thriller. The cast features no cast from the previous films
and is largely led by up-and-coming actors such as Y'lan Noel and Lex
Scott Davis, and the one familiar face, Marisa Tomei, only has a
small role. Brutal, bloody violence and action, constant language,
and some sexual content make the film not for kids.
Marisa Tomei SPARE PARTS, LOVE IS STRANGE, PARENTAL GUIDANCE Lex Scott Davis SUPERFLY Luna Lauren Velez NEW YORK UNDERCOVER Melonie Diaz FRUITVALE STATION, HAMLET 2, BE KIND REWIND Dir/Prod: Gerard McMurray BURNING SANDS
PROFANITY: Well over 30 F-words; over 30 S-words; 2 GD's; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex with related nudity. VIOLENCE: Brutal, bloody fights, shootings, stabbings, killings. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, cocaine, marijuana. ACTION: Fights, shootouts, fires, explosions. COMEDY: Rare comic lines.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Above Average ...an old-fashioned exploitation thriller. Seen in that context, The First Purge isn't half-bad. It's competently made, delivers its share of thrills and edge-of-the-seat moments, and gives the audience an opportunity to stand up and cheer.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average What is frustrating is that the social commentary portions of the movie are simplistic even by the low standards generally set by genre films.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good ...an often artful and rousing action film that's also deeply engaged with contemporary politics and social issues. ...the genre pleasures are balanced throughout with sensitive discussions between the characters about the desperation of systemic poverty and the fear for the future of this country, grounding the film in an emotional reality.
NewsdayFull Review Average The franchise is starting to flag, with too much pointed commentary and not enough inventive action. ...provides a few decent jolts and passable action sequences, but it doesn't feel as clever or canny as past installments.
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To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) 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 marginalized, the contagion will explode from the trial-city borders and spread across the nation.