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.
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.
It had potential, but was not suspenseful or interesting. Many of the scenes were predictable. I think I'm pretty middle. I saw it with my 18 year college daughter, who leans left. We both are fans of the others, with the first best, and the 3rd being really good. This one was not. She agreed. There was way too much white-bashing and obvious political commentary on today's society. We're both pretty sure we heard the main character say "let's go get these white heads." All that aside, too predictable and pandering.
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