The First Purge

The First Purge
  • 2018
  • USA
  • 1h 37min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Gerard McMurray
  • Cast: Marisa Tomei, Melonie Diaz, Y'lan Noe
  • UK release: 4 July 2018

No-nonsense, incendiary B-movie prequel to the franchise, in which the government tries out the whole ‘purge’ idea for the first time. Noel and Scott Davis are fine leads, and it makes great use of horror tropes and characters to bust racist myths. Unsubtle, but charged and effective.

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The First Purge

4 Jul 20183 stars

Unsubtle but charged and effective prequel, featuring Marisa Tomei and Y'lan Noel

After three instalments of the Purge franchise – where violence descends upon the USA for one night a year as all crime is officially declared legal – the creator asks the question, 'How did we get here?' Director Gerard McMurray and writer James…

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