Hello everyone, so its coming up to the weekend, and some of us may have plans to go to the cinema. Last weekend I went to go and watch The First Purge, and so I wanted to create an honest review for you all, because I don’t know about you, but when it comes to films I tend to have a look at the reviews, before I make up my mind on whether to go and watch it, or give it a miss. This is one that I’ve seen and heard mixed views about, so I just decided to go and take a risk and go and watch it. I was a bit gutted though, the tango ice blast machine was down, and so was the Ben and Jerry’s milkshake one! One thing I must make clear, is that there are NO SPOILERS, in this review. There is nothing worse than reading a review, and pretty much reading about the whole film from start to finish. Note to self, when going to watch a horror film late at night, think about where you’re going to park your car! Anyways lets get to it!
Title Of The Film: The First Purge
Year It Came Out: 2018
The Director(s): Gerard McMurray
Actors: Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Mugga, Patch Darragh, Marisa Tomei, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis, Rotimi Paul, Mo McRae, Jermel Howard, Siya, Christian Robinson.
I’m not going to go into detail, but basic plot is, this is the fourth in the series of purge films, however this film is set before the other three, hence its title The First Purge. Like the other films, all crime, including murder, is legal for 12 hours, for one day a year. This takes you back to how it all started, which isn’t really spoiling it, because its more to do with what happens in the purge. The government ends up being overthrown by The New Founding Fathers Of America, which comes up with an experiment to take place on Staten Island, called the purge. To get people to take part and sign up, they offer them money in return for taking part, and money for those who decide to stay at home. Throughout the twelve hours different events occur, with a final twist at the end. Has anyone else noticed that these films always come out on July 4th as well?
The actors aren’t people who I recognize, but that didn’t mean they were bad actors, it was actually nice to see some new fresh talent, of people who we might see in upcoming films in the near future. Joivan Wade is someone who I think we might see a lot more off, he’s previously been in Eastenders and Doctor Who to name a few, and he did a really good job acting in this. I also think we’ll see a lot more of Y’lan Noel too. In fact none of the actors made it cheesy, or fake, like you get in some horror films, they made the acting believable, and as someone who was watching in the audience, made me feel, tension, fear and suspense.
What I liked about this film, is that usually when there’s more than three in a series, they aren’t as good anymore. I would say this one, is on par with the last one. I was thinking that it wouldn’t be as scary as the other one, because it’s how it all begun, and as the films have gone on, the more creative they have got. I was so wrong! It was really jumpy and there was a guy next to me who was about my age, who just sat there with his hand in front of his face, it was so funny. I also thought the plot was a lot better, because you often find that with horrors or thrillers, the plot is pretty predictable, because they focus more on trying to scare you, however the plot was really well thought out.
What I didn’t like, which is probably going to sound silly, is the ending. I’m not going to tell you what happens, but it just wasn’t very realistic. Obviously most action/thriller films, don’t have realistic endings, but I believed everything could of have been real, up until that point. I am just so glad that there isn’t a real life purge that happens here every year, it’s not even worth thinking about. I know crime happens everyday, but if it was to be made legal for 12 hours, one day a year, who knows what scary things would happen. It’s not going to happen though, but I’m not sure if there will be another purge film or not, we shall just have to wait and see.
My Film Rating: 8.5/10