The First Purge

Genre:  Thriller
Running Time:  97 min.
Release Date: July 4, 2018
Digital: September 18, 2018
DVD/Blu-ray: October 2, 2018

Current rating: Rating: 2.54
based on 100 votes and 25 reviews
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Cast: Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Marisa Tomei


The First Purge is the fourth film in The Purge franchise and will serve as a prequel to the trilogy. It will look back at the first year of the purge when the government sanctioned all crime to be legal for a 12-hour period.

In an effort to push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America devise a sociological test, with the help of Dr. May Updale (Marisa Tomei). Updale announces to the country that the purge is a psychological device so that Americans can release all of their anger in one night. However, the participation rate is lower than she expected, as good people prepare themselves to protect the innocent. When she realizes that ex-military soldiers are going into suburban neighborhoods to kill citizens, she regrets what she started.

The film focuses on one woman (Lex Scott Davis) in particular as she prepares to protect her family against the impending violence, and also participates in a protest against the experiment. Despite her best efforts to stay safe indoors during the purge, she and her family are forced outside into the dangerous streets and must fight to survive the murder spree happening around them.

Director: Gerard McMurray
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Andrew Form, Michael Bay, Jason Blum, Brad Fuller, Sébastien K. Lemercier
Screenplay: James DeMonaco
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  • 1 star "Awful with no redeeming qualities! The storyline had great potential to be entertaining but this is not it! The over use of n word and a major drug lord being the hero - really?!?"
  • 3 stars "not too bad. I could see this situation possibly happening in real life. Pretty intense in some parts"
  • 5 stars "By KL... The reason why people are giving this a bad review is because their small brains were ONLY entertained by the vicious killings and gruesome sufferings of the past 3 Purge movies, and failed to hear and see what the director/writer were conveying to them. The past 3 Purge movies gave us a very clear message. This last Purge movie blatantly told us of their plan, but short attention spans and an inability to have thought made this movie boring for the mindless masses. For the woke movie-goers and readers who were able to see the KKK, guerilla masks, and black face masks "make America great again" through this purge in the inner city at the hands of the government walked out of the movie, which solidified what they already knew. Albeit the movie is a bit exaggerated, but it's just conveying an important message. Remember, America was built on blood sacrifice of the Native Indians, and black slaves."