The First Purge (15)

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The fourth en­try in the dystopian hor­ror se­ries goes back to the very be­gin­ning as we see how the an­nual Purge came into be­ing.

Yep, we’re in pre­quel ter­ri­tory and will have to wait un­til the next se­quel — or the up­com­ing Purge TV se­ries — to see the film­mak­ers build on the third movie’s in­trigu­ing cli­max.

That in it­self is a bit of a shame, but the story of how the New Found­ing Fa­thers of Amer­ica in­tro­duce the vi­o­lent ex­per­i­ment of a 24-hour law-free so­ci­ety makes for a fas­ci­nat­ing enough al­ter­na­tive.

Though the di­rec­tor of the pre­vi­ous three films, James DeMonaco, re­turns to script this pre­quel, he hands over the reins to Ger­ard McMur­ray (Burn­ing Sands).

Bar the first en­try’s Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and, to a lesser ex­tent, the se­quels’ Frank Grillo, the Purge fran­chise has been short on big-name stars — and the clos­est this in­stal­ment gets to one is Marisa Tomei (Dr Up­dale).

The beauty of that, though, is that you never know who is go­ing to make it to the end cred­its — a wel­come boon to any hor­ror flick — and be­cause none of the ma­jor char­ac­ters pop up in fu­ture movies, all bets are off here.

It adds to the ten­sion and in a di­vided United States un­der Don­ald Trump’s rule, the re­lease of each Purge film seems to get closer and closer to por­tray­ing an Amer­ica that could one

Po­lit­i­cal power The Amer­i­can peo­ple are used as pawns

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