Starring: Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Marisa Tomei
OUR RATING: ★★½
Dystopian action horror prequel directed by Gerard McMurray. The First Purge focuses on the events that lead up to the very first Purge event. Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. 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.
President: Citizens, this will be a tradition we celebrate every year. Join in the first Purge.
Nya: Isaiah, come say bye.
Isaiah: Go do your thing, sis.
Isaiah: I’ll see you tonight.
News Anchor: People are now calling the controversial experiment of legalized crime The Purge.
Dmitri: You and Isaiah, just stay with me during The Purge.
Nya: Oh, we’re going to be fine on our own.
Van Jones: We are here with Dr. May Updale. She came up with this experiment. Is The Purge a political device?
Dr. May Updale: It is a psychological one. If we want to save our country, we must release all our anger in one night.
Nya: Tonight, we’ll see the good and evil in everyone.
Purge Announcer: This is your emergency broadcast system announcing the commencement of the first Purge. At the siren, all crime, including murder, will be legal for 12 hours. All emergency services will be suspended. Your government thanks you for your participation.
Dmitri: Our neighborhood is under siege from a government who doesn’t give a shit about any of us.
Dmitri: There’s a lot of good people out there who we’re going to have to protect.
Dmitri: We got to be prepared for anything.
Arlo Sabian: Parties. You predicted a much higher level of participation.
Dr. May Updale: Human nature does not obey the laws of politics.
Nya: What the hell is going on?
Kels: They all ex-military. Something funky is going down, D.
Dr. May Updale: You’re sending soldiers into the island disguised as citizens.
Arlo Sabian: This country needs for this to work.
Nya: No one’s coming to help us.
Nya: After tonight, nothing will ever be the same again.
Dmitri: They forgot about one thing. They forgot about us.
Dr. May Updale: What have I done?
Dmitri: Stay strong, I’m coming.