Movie Review: ‘The First Purge’

The reason the original “Purge” movie was successful — enough to spawn three follow-up films — was because it played on humanity’s collective id. It took the things we know we could never get away with and said to us with a smile, “But what if you could?” Who wouldn’t smash something up with a baseball bat every once and a while if they had the chance? Who hasn’t wanted to punch some jerk one-percenter before? But what “The First Purge” does is something entirely different. It takes us out of fantasy land, and into the all-too-real, exploiting weighty world events in the process.

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