The First Purge – Movie Review


Directed by: Gerard McMurray
Starring: Lex Scott Davies, Y’lan Noel, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Marisa Tomei


The ‘Purge’ franchise is one that has attracted somewhat of a cult following since the first instalment was released in 2013, with the horror films (‘horror’ being used loosely here) being renowned as guilty pleasures for many filmgoers. Although the franchise started out with a sub-par home invasion horror flick, the subsequent installments veered to more action-driven narratives, with ‘The Purge: Anarchy’ and ‘The Purge: Election Year’ trading in the cheap jump-scares for slow-motion shoot-outs. Whilst the hybridity of horror and action tropes can work if executed effectively (note ‘Aliens’ and ‘Zombieland’), the ‘Purge’ films have been nothing short of lacklustre thus far. Sadly, the fourth entry to the franchise follows in a similar fashion.


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