The First Purge (2018)

We go back to when the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) begin their political year. NFFA Chief of Staff, Arlo Sabian (Patch Darragh) takes the lead to make America great again by deducing a way to bring the unemployed and crime rates below one per cent and to repair the damage left from previous years. To do this they have sought out a sociologist, Dr May Updale (Marisa Tomei) whose theory hopes to solve this problem; allow people to release their aggression on each other, for one night without the barrier of laws or guilt.

To do this first they have to find an area to test it. And low and behold the best place to test it in is the low income, high crime area of New York’s Staten Island. It just so happens that this area is mostly black and latino residence based, which is what the NFFA are aiming for (excuse the pun!). The residence is offered a monetary compensation if they choose to stay on the island during the purge of $5,000 as well as additional bonuses for active participation. As the Purge night progresses, the number of candidates active is lower than planned and individuals utilise the night as one big party. Sabian gets frustrated and sends in a number of mercenary based death squads to ensure the data complies with their ideal outcome. These squads turn the scenes into nothing shorter than a racially driven genocide with killers sporting Ku Klux Klan outfits, Nazi Death Squad attire and many other disturbing visuals. This specific instalment of Purge history seems to be the most race driven yet, with the others being far more inclusive of its victims, with only power and riches to differentiate them.

In line with the other ultraviolent purge series, this one definitely works and is a good watch for those who don’t mind something a little sourer, however, this meaty morsel is a bit too harsh for most palates and leaves a bitter aftertaste.


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