Reviews: The First Purge (2018)

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  • David Bax @ Battleship Pretension
    • Excerpt: The First Purge is a fun time for those of us who like violent movies but its power comes mostly from its parable of minority victimization.
  • Francisco Cangiano @ CineXpress [Spanish]
  • Herman Dhaliwal @ Cinema Sanctum
    • Excerpt: What The First Purge might lack in balls-to-the-wall insanity, it more than makes up for with a righteous fury that hits on our zeitgeist even harder than any of us could’ve expected. Easily one of the best in the series.
  • Matt Donato @ We Got This Covered
    • Excerpt: The First Purge doubles-down on bloody opposition against true-to-life societal fears, but abandons the subtlety needed to prevent Gerard McMurray’s prequel from becoming anything more than hateful retribution.
  • James Jay Edwards @ FilmFracture
  • Candice Frederick @ Slash Film
    • Excerpt: …The Joker’s scars become more about our persistent need to pinpoint, in his words, “an immovable object” rather than force ourselves to reckon with the notion of unwarranted cruelty.
  • Mark H. Harris @ Black Horror Movies
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: This shrewd sci-fi horror franchise is as sharp as ever as it reaches yet further down into the unpleasant flipside of the American myth. A rare prequel that doesn’t feel superfluous.
  • Brent McKnight @ The Last Thing I See
    • Excerpt: The First Purge’ doesn’t always hit its mark, but engaging leads, moments of raw tension and terror, and something to chew on, push the franchise ahead even while it looks back to the beginning.
  • Jared Mobarak @ The Film Stage
    • Excerpt: This is the logical progression now that we know everything we do about the future. Rather than show what can happen, the series must portray what is happening. The First Purge becomes a call to arms so to speak (sometimes to its detriment) — a reminder that we must stand up and for each other at the voting booths and in our communities now so we won’t need Election Year’s civil war.
  • Robert Yaniz Jr. @ Monkeys Fighting Robots