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The First Purge (2018)

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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 $5,000 is given to anyone who does.

Director:

Gerard McMurray

Writer:

James DeMonaco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Y'lan Noel ... Dmitri
Lex Scott Davis ... Nya
Joivan Wade ... Isaiah
Mugga ... Dolores
Patch Darragh ... Chief of Staff - Arlo Sabian
Marisa Tomei ... The Architect - Dr. Updale
Luna Lauren Velez ... Luisa
Kristen Solis ... Selina
Rotimi Paul ... Skeletor
Mo McRae ... 7 & 7
Jermel Howard ... Lorenzo
Siya ... Blaise
Christian Robinson ... Capital A
Steve Harris ... Freddy
Derek Basco ... Taz
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Storyline

This horror/action-adventure film from director Gerard McMurray serves as a prequel that recounts events that led up to the first Purge event. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.

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Citizens, join the first Purge. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

4 July 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Purge: The Island See more »

Filming Locations:

Buffalo, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,374,280, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:

$69,488,745

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$137,056,262
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Dolby Digital | Dolby Surround 7.1 | DTS (DTS: X)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Rotimi Paul rode the New York City public subway to his audition for the role of Skeletor in full costume makeup. See more »

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The main characters are "hiding" from the Purgers....inside of an apartment with the lights on and the curtains wide open. Worse, they are standing in the windows looking out, See more »

Quotes

The Architect - Dr. Updale: [from the trailer] Please don't tell me your sending mercenaries into the island disguised as purgers?
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Crazy Credits

SPOILER: There is a mid-credit scene featuring a press briefing expressing the success of the Purge, and how as early as next year, there could be a "nationwide Purge". See more »


Soundtracks

Dooney Bag
Written by Brandon N. Caddell, Dwyan Marsh, Bakale Tekle
Performed by Caligrafi Jones
Courtesy of Universal Studios
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The First Purge will hopefully be the last.
6 July 2018 | by TheMovieDioramaSee all my reviews

The infamous low budget political horror franchise finally gets a prequel, and really was the wisest instalment to make. Our eternal question of "how did the Purge start?" is answered in an all too familiar formula that is overstuffed with subtextual layers. The NFFA have won the vote and are now conducting a sociological experiment that allows communities to vent aggression, in a bid to cull the population of America. DeMonaco withdrew from the directing chair and focused on writing a screenplay that would further explain the political and economical agendas of the Purge. Marginalised communities raging against oppression, an experiment that enables lower class civilians to reduce their own population by murdering themselves whilst the oppressors gain monetary benefits and make America "a nation reborn". The Purge has always been a hot topic, particularly in today's political climate, and the concept remains prevalent in this fourth chapter. The gritty violence and dystopian abstraction does make for some general entertainment, particularly one action scene on a stairwell, and will raise questions involving morality. DeMonaco involves you in this night of carnage, he allows you to cast your own opinion. Consequently, this resulted in his script to be overindulged in various subtextual components that no longer remain implicit. Discussions regarding overpopulation, oppression, crime and politics felt unnecessarily basic, as if he was holding our hand through these "difficult" topics. Unable to balance specific elements, he then also tries to tackle the psychological analysis behind the experiment, using an underused and unrecognisable Tomei as the creator of the experiment, yet fails to garner any real interest. It's all too basic and all too familiar. Nothing new is implemented to differentiate this entry from the rest. More uninteresting and underdeveloped characters from a similar community that the other films depict must survive the night where everyone instantly showcases lunacy. Yawn! A prequel brimming with rudimentary jump scares and a lack of conceptual progression.


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