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Film Review: The First Purge (2018)

The First Purge (2018) is the fourth film in The Purge franchise, produced by the horror production company Blumhouse. The First Purge is directed by Gerard McMurray and debuts young actor Y’lan Noel, alongside talented actress Marissa Tomei (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as this film goes back to a time when the Purge was a new concept. The story follows Staten Island as the experiment of the first Purge happens, and shows the sides between the government and the citizens who have to survive the terrifying night.
I had not seen a single Purge movie before this one. I just haven’t had the interest or time to sit down and watch them, but I know people that have seen all of them and describe them as fun horror flicks that doesn’t take itself too seriously. I have a love for Blumhouse since seeing Get Out (one of my top films of 2017) and when I saw the trailer for this film I was intrigued. The concept of the Purge seems really simple, but also a fun idea to explore. When it seemed like they were going to try and make a political statement and show how the storyline began, it peaked my interest and that it why I wanted to particularly watch this film.

The First Purge (2018)
Source: Blumhouse Productions

This film is not a cinematic masterpiece. This is obviously not an Oscar contender, or even a contender for horror film of the year. But, nobody going into this film is expecting that. This is simply a refreshing take on The Purge franchise and is actually much needed. I feel like this should be the last film in the franchise, as I do not see how much more this franchise can hold. If it was to continue on, I would like to see a TV show focusing on one Purge, seeing the build up and the aftermath.

In terms of this film though, I did personally enjoy this film. It is a fun horror flick that does everything it wants to. I found the characters to be very simple and one-dimensional, but overall they have great morals and you end up cheering for them at the end. Y’lan Noel is going to have a fantastic career from this, as he is destined to continue being leads in movies. He conveys the passion and thirst for survival and keeping his friends safe.

The First Purge (2018)
Source: Blumhouse Productions

What I really liked about this film is the story that they chose to tell. Like I said, it is refreshing to see them take the story in this way. And what makes this interesting is the political route that they take the origin of the story to. There is a twist that they do that I wasn’t expecting the to do, but it was cool to see them make that statement. I am not sure that all of their messages are clear or work for the theme, but I like the fact that they tried.

This film is a slow build. This is not like the other Purge films in which the action starts immediately. The start of the film goes into why the experiment is happening, the process of it starting and people being hesitant to join. However, when it happens it is also a little slower and less dramatic until the last 30 minutes. If you are only going in for the violence and gore, you may be left disappointed by this entry.

The First Purge (2018)
Source: Blumhouse Productions

Like I said before, I feel like this is a solid entry to the franchise. I am glad that this franchise is jumping onto TV now, as I feel it will work much better to spread it over several episodes to give different characters their own storylines. There is also more that they can do in terms of TV to explore themes of grief, life after the Purge and more. Overall though, if you are just wanting a fun horror flick to keep you going until the likes of Halloween, then this will be a good choice for you.


Have you seen The First Purge yet? What did you think of it? Comment down below, I love to hear your opinions!

I also apologise for the lack of blog posts this week. I have had such a busy week from doing two jobs and I am finally settling into a new schedule. However, I will be posting almost every day this week to make up for this, and I have some great films to review for you (TAG and Incredibles 2 will be up in the next few days!)

Until next time, that was some film for thought.

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