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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Keith the Critic Movie Reviews - The First Purge


This is a prequel to the three previous Purge movies.  Does it stand up to what the first three films established with an "origin story"?

The New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) believe that the United States problems are broadly caused by the poor and that the country can no longer afford them. An experiment is to be conducted on Staten Island where for one night crime is legal, including murder. The NFFA plans to pay each willing participant $5000. In exchange, they must wear contact lenses equipped with cameras and allow a tracking device to be implanted.

Nya is a young black woman played by Lex Scott Davis who lives in a rundown apartment building on Staten Island. She vehemently works to stop the Purge from occurring while trying to protect her younger brother, Isaiah, from the streets of New York. Isaiah wants a better life and starts selling drugs. He is attacked by Skeletor (Rotimi Paul) who is a drug addict infatuated with Nya. He slashes Isaiah on the neck. When Nya finds out, she confronts local drug king, Dmitri (Y'lan Noel) who is her ex-boyfriend. Neither Dmitri or Nya plan to participate in the Purge, but Skeletor does. Nya and Dmitri must find a way to stay safe.

I don't care for any of the Purge movies but of all of them, this was the best. Y'lan Noel and Lex Scott Davis were great in their roles. The storyline is better and the makeup on Skeletor was outstanding giving him the crazed look that was needed for the part.

There are many Purge fans, so I will always try to keep an open mind. The 1st movie was OK, but the following movies, not so much. This one is a slight improvement but I can't agree with the fact that they are making this a TV series. However, I will give it a shot.

The previous movies only received a 2 out of 4 rating from me, but I'll raise this one a bit to 2 1/2 out of 4 stars due to slightly better writing.

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