brian-mcgee - July 3, 2018
Arguably the worst film in the franchise, 2013's The Purge squandered a pretty terrific premise. The problem with it is that it was made 40 years too late to be any good or interesting. Had it been made in the 70s by Paul Bartel or Herschell Gordon Lewis, it would be revered today for being ahead of its time, but instead it just felt like a needless screed against Libertarianism.
Thankfully the film's two sequels did away with most of the social commentary and just put you on the ground during the annual event where all crime is legal for 12 hours. That's a much better way to handle this entire premise, which makes the upcoming prequel The First Purge something of a question mark. Is it just going to be a philosophical debate about the merits—or lack thereof—of The Purge? Man, I really hope not.
To get yourself prepped for the new flick, however, don't rewatch the first film, just watch the latest Honest Trailer from the good folks over at Screen Junkies. It gets you up to speed on everything you need to know about the franchise, plus frees up some time for you to watch the superior sequels Anarchy and Election Night.
For what it's worth, I would love a Purge movie that wasn't just about murder. Something where a group of scumbags are trying to pull of an extortion scam they've meticulously planned the whole year, and then they only have 12 hours to execute the plan before crime is illegal once again. That would be something. But no, just keep killing people with shotguns and chainsaws, I guess. That's what puts butts in seats. The First Purge opens tonight!