The First Purge movie review - Aussieboyreviews


The First Purge is the most violent film yet in the movie series. Displaying the first ever annual Purge, the characters are unlikeable and the film is just terrible.


The New Founding Fathers of America decide to experiment with a sociological theory where all crime are officially legal for a 12-hour period.

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Movie details

Director: Gerard McMurray
Cast: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Steve Harris, Marisa Tomei
Writer: James DeMonaco
Release Date (Australia): 2 August 2018
Runtime: 97 minutes/1h 37m
Genre: Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Language: English


Themes (M)

The film centres on an experiment where all crime is legal for a period of time, and features scenes in which threat, murders and sexual assaults are depicted.

Violence (MA15+)

There are scenes of strong violence, in which large sprays and spatters of blood are depicted as people are shot, stabbed and killed.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains occasionally aggressive use of the words “f**k” and “motherf**ker”. 

Drug Use (M)

The film features infrequent drug use in the form of cocaine snorting and marijuana smoking.

Nudity (PG)

Contains brief male and female buttocks nudity.

Sex (M)

A man is depicted thrusting into a woman as they appear to be having sex.

mpaa rating

R (for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Each the characters, the story, and the now-average action falls short when it comes to the sympathy we possess for the tension. The story of The First Purge is obvious and predictable, but the characters and savagery fails to save how terribly boring, dumb and foreseeable the film is.

The First Purge’s plot sounds thoroughly interesting and you’ll most likely engage into the tale, all before feeling disappointment for the lack of interest you feel. The characters are unlikeable and clearly make dumb choices from beginning to end. Although it honestly gets mildly cheesy, the fourth Purge instalment would also have to be the most violent film of the series so far, despite the action being the most enjoyable ingredient in the film.

But it’s only the violent action that’s enjoyable. The rest of The First Purge is predictably boring and you’ll very likely miss the ability to connect with the characters and story. After this unnecessary continuation, another Purge film is not needed, or even wanted.

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