The First Purge

Witness the birth of an American tradition.


The First Purge
We go back in time to see how the Purge idea got started. Set some time in the future, America’s third political party, the New Founding Fathers of America, comes to power and conducts an experiment: no laws for 12 hours on Staten Island. No one has to stay on the island, but they give everyone brave or foolish enough to stay, $5,000. And more if they take part in the purge. This extremely violent film has been banned in some countries.

97 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Language, Sex, Violence, Horror, Prejudice, Drug abuse).
Action, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller.

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis
Director
Gerard McMurray
ScreenplayJames DeMonaco
MusicKevin Lax
CinematographyAnastas N. Michos
EditingJim Page
Sound formatsUnknown
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2018
Produced byBlumhouse Productions, Perfect World Pictures, Platinum Dunes

IMDB page | FPB Report | ScreenIt Report | CommonSenseMedia Report
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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreHorror thriller
LanguageFrequent, very strong impact use of crude language used in casual chat with sexual innuendo.
NudityLow impact, infrequent, e.g. a man's buttocks are shown in sexual context
SexNone (sic)
ViolenceFrequent, very strong impact, realistic violence is thematic. e.g. People are shot at with blood-letting; explosions of planted bombs; there are beating, fist fights, kicking and stabbings with sharp objects; people being chased by assailants threatening to cause them harm as part of the Purge.
PrejudiceMild impact, language of prejudice is fairly frequent and thematic of the deliberate move for social cleansing targetting the low income social class; depiction of mercenaries clad in 'Ku Klux Klan' robes and hoodies attacking the predominantly black community and language of prejudice.
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone (sic)
CommentsTHE FIRST PURGE is a drama action movie about a Government approved social experiment whereby for one night, citizens are allowed to commit crimes of their choice, to purge them of any rage or anger feelings they may have bottled inside, without fear of prosecution or any repurcussions. THEMES Complex, mature realistic themes of social experimentation, legalised crime, manipulation of social behaviour, murder, a license to kill, research, vigilantism, social cleansing, purging, controlled moral degradation, social degeneration, lawlessness, blackmail, manipulation, protecting loved ones, evil intent, purging rage and pent up anger, organised violence, hatred, social engineering, family, unity, the unlikely hero and villains, political unrest, civil unrest, looting, vandalism, political formations, ulterior motive, lies, deceit, incitement to cause violence recognised by the State and good triumphing over evil. The complex themes of social degeneration and moral degeneration and creating a false impression to achieve one's own goals Themes of murder and revenge that is encouraged and protected by a government lend toward the overall strong impact the themes. Very strong elements of language and violence also contribute towards the overall impact as well as the cinematography and theatre format with enhanced sound effects and audio visuals further enhances the suspense and eerie tone.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
5
Violence
5
Blood / Gore / Gross
5
Guns / Weapons
5
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
4
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
5
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
4
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
4
Music (Inappropriate)
3
Topics to talk about
4

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
17 +
Positive messages
1
Positive role models
2
Violence
4
Sex
4
Language
4
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
4

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Jamal-Dean Grootboom quote iconBest to purge from memory.
5
24.com
Gabi Zietsman quote iconThe general audience will enjoy The First Purge (obvious by the fact that it’s the highest grossing Purge entry in the US) and is a good watch when you don’t know what to watch. It’s understandable that when your story is about the first Purge, people haven’t completely lost their minds yet and thus you’ll have to find other ways to make it appealing, and action and politics is one way to do it. But if you’re looking to the franchise for your fix of the horror of humanity, you’re going to be sorely disappointed.
10
ScreenIt
T. Durgin quote iconFor the most part, I smirked and scoffed my way through it while enjoying the performances. I hope this is the last Purge film, but the first of many better movies to come for Noel, Davis, and Paul.
10
Metacritic.com
39 critics
11
Rottentomatoes critics
126 critics
11
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconThe First Purge should satisfy fans of the franchise and filmgoers in the mood for violent vicarious thrills, even if its subtextual reach exceeds its grasp.
10
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
9
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconTerrible prequel more about violence than social commentary.
2

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
54 users
10
Rottentomatoes users
1744 users
8
IMDB
11152 Netizens
11
The Movie DB
Community
12

Average .. 45%

9

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