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.
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.
Excerpt: Franchise creator James DeMonaco hands over directing duties to Gerard McMurray in The First Purge and gives fans arguably the best installment in the series, injecting a genuinely creepy vibe and a spooky atmosphere to an otherwise bland and familiar plot.
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.
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.