The First Purge (2018)
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The First Purge feels more prophetic than it did in 2018, but then, the time frame would be much closer to us as it shows the prototype for Purge Night. If you listen to the news broadcasts at the top of the movie though, the buzz words are right out of 2020's news cycle, and the images of violence on the streets will certain evoke what we've been seeing out of major American cities re: rioting cops. Brrr. So what WAS the secret origin of the Purge? Well, would you believe it's all built on a lie? Of course it is. Set on Statten Island, the first experiment isn't all that different from some of the other films in the series - a cast of characters from poor backgrounds try to survive the night and/or take action against the elite. There's even a bit of home invasion phobia that harks back to the first film (but has always been a part of the series' DNA). I continue to find interest in these things and don't ask too much finesse from them. Since we know the New Founding Fathers went ahead with their nationwide initiative, it does make some of the heroic action futile in a sense, but I find the actors involved watchable enough to care what happens to their characters.
Best movie line ever: "You pussy-grabbing mothafucker."
Strange how the 4th movie, and a prequel at that, is the best of the bunch.
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