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      The First Purge

      R Released Jul 4, 2018 1 hr. 37 min. Action Mystery & Thriller Horror TRAILER for The First Purge: Trailer 1 List
      56% 175 Reviews Tomatometer 27% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America try a radical sociological experiment that allows citizens to vent their aggression for one night in an isolated community. The idea soon explodes across the nation when the violence of the oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 16 Buy Now

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      The First Purge should satisfy fans of the franchise and filmgoers in the mood for violent vicarious thrills, even if its subtextual reach exceeds its grasp.

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      Dan R One of my favourite genres of films are those that look into dystopian worlds and futures. Recently I realised I'd never seen all of the films within 'The Purge' franchise, so with that in mind I decided to check into the bloody and unforgiving universe that these films live in. In chronological order within the universe: 'The First Purge' (2018) This film sets out how the Founding Fathers took control of America and their implementation of the first Purge in the small, impoverished, area of Staten Island. The true reasons behind The Purge are revealed here and it's a lot darker than we'd ever expect. This information serves us well for the rest of the franchise. (8/10) 'The Purge' (2013) The original film feels a lot smaller in scale as it takes place within one household rather than a sprawling city scape. However, this is probably the best acted film within the franchise with Ethan Hawke putting in an exceptional performance. You'll probably never look at your neighbours the same way again after this. (8/10) 'The Purge: Anarchy' (2014) Anarchy by name and it's anarchy by nature as Frank Grillo's character heads out for revenge on Purge night, but gets caught up in something more visceral. This film drives the franchise forward and sets up characters and scenarios that'll appear later in this universe. (7/10) 'The Purge: Election Year' (2016) Grillo's character returns but this time as a secret service agent who's assigned the task of keeping a Presidential candidate alive during The Purge. The corruption of the Government is revealed as they change the rules of The Purge so they can remain in power. It's an intriguing look at how power corrupts absolutely. It's a bloody escapade of survival and redemption. (8/10) 'The Forever Purge' (2021) This film shows America in complete chaos after 8 Purge free years, but with The Purge now returning after an election win for the Founding Fathers. As The Purge ends people rebel and act against immigrants and the rich. 'The Forever Purge' really highlights societal issues going on presently in America. The film's strengths really stand in its strong cast and a visceral rip-roarer of a story. It's a great way to end the franchise even though it appears we'll now get further films. (8/10) Overall this is a great franchise which also spawned an Amazon Prime TV series. It's certainly a universe I'd like to see more of in the future. It's very raw in its vision, delivery and philosophy. Make it happen Hollywood. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/06/24 Full Review Gaming U Dimitri is a god. Only reason this movie gets 5 stars Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/20/24 Full Review Audience Member Horrible. Really bad. Boring. Honestly I couldn’t care less who lives or dies Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/24 Full Review Kendrah S The absolutely ridiculous "We mexicans leave messages for each other" cringe was the icing on the cake. The concept of The Purge could have so much potential if sequels keep getting greenlit, but they need to invest in good dialogue. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/24 Full Review Yash B Leave it to the "Purge" franchise to take yet another good idea and make it mediocre. "The First Purge" decides to go the prequel route which could have been interesting, but it just gets boring and repetitive at a point. There is some solid action and even some thrills but the movie sadly is another entry that solidifies this franchise as wasted potential. I really don't see what makes these movies so popular, because they keep making more, which means people watch them. Overall, if you like these movies, maybe you'll like this one, but if you're like me and feel indifferent, this one probably won't win you over. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Thomas M The direction they went with this installment was terrible. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/03/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      J. R. Jones Chicago Reader Unfortunately the characters are so poorly written that the political provocations hang in the air like birthday balloons. Mar 4, 2020 Full Review Mark Kermode Kermode & Mayo's Film Review It's efficiently done. It's quite grueling. And what I like about it is that central idea... It's solid. Aug 28, 2018 Full Review Simran Hans Observer (UK) The Purge films are B-movies, and so this ultraviolence mostly works, though its social commentary is served a little too rare to stomach easily. Rated: 3/5 Jul 7, 2018 Full Review Keith Garlington Keith & the Movies Despite its goofiness and inflated sense of relevance, “The First Purge” is serviceable throwaway entertainment....But it’s still not a movie to recommend. It’s more of the same in slightly (and I do mean slightly) different packaging. Rated: 2/5 Aug 20, 2022 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Placing its B-movie objectives above its political motivations, The First Purge misses an opportunity to be about something more. Rated: 1.5/4 Mar 11, 2022 Full Review Taylor Baker Drink in the Movies ...a mindless continuation of what was once an enticing franchise. Rated: 20/100 Aug 22, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America try a radical sociological experiment that allows citizens to vent their aggression for one night in an isolated community. The idea soon explodes across the nation when the violence of the oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized.
      Director
      Gerard McMurray
      Executive Producer
      James DeMonaco, Steven R. Molen, Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson
      Screenwriter
      James DeMonaco
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Production Co
      Blumhouse Productions, Platinum Dunes, Perfect World Pictures
      Rating
      R (Pervasive Language|Drug Use|Some Sexuality|Strong Disturbing Violence)
      Genre
      Action, Mystery & Thriller, Horror
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 4, 2018, Wide
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 18, 2018
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $68.9M
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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