The Movie: 6.5/10
It’s got that overriding political and social statement as the thread that dominates the actual story, but the characters and the action that hold it together. I will say I’m not a huge fan of the Purge movies, and while they are all quite different, the whole idea keeps gnawing at me. I know it’s fiction and there is some strange undercurrent that seems plausible, but how it all began has always been that one big question…this movie answers that. Well, it tries. I get it, the world is shitty and people use too many resources and the undefined upper and lower classes have issue to resolve in any society, but come on! To have the elite folks decide to let the lower echelon go ahead and just kill themselves off and then to be able to implement that as a spectacle for all to see, it just feels like a blunt story device.
In The First Purge its clearly a race war that the rich and powerful white people want to start, just to get rid of a few thousand people to start, and then go national with it. The big plan is to get American back to greatness again, sound familiar? Just to let the criminal mindset of the poor minorities work it’s magic and in the meantime, make the elites a shitload more money. I mean, you have to sell security systems, weapons, etc. to make sure the “right” people don’t get slaughtered in this little experiment, oh yes, this movie shows that it started as an experiment in one city only. It feels forced as a plot, but then I have this other reaction, I liked it! I liked most of the people, the action, the motivation of the characters, and the overall vibe, if that’s a thing:)
I can get past the bigger idea and how, even though I’m a HUGE fan of Science Fiction and big ideas that seem implausible and impossible, this one I have to hang that big picture to the side and just go along for the otherwise terrifying ride that comes with the consequences of the big idea. A city under siege by a very evil group of people who hide behind what they think is a master plan to make the country better is a scary thought, but the execution wasn’t quite as creepy as they were trying to pull off. Even the guy on the cover, spoiler, is in the movie for about 2 seconds and just passes on by the camera so nothing came of it. It’s more about the terror that people feel when the bigger group, in this case the government, takes up arms against you and you need to fight back…hmmmm
Get all the Purge movies and watch them in their own order, not when they came out, but according to the lore, and you’ll have a long, weird, but somewhat fun evening…and then the next day watch Love Actually, Mary Poppins, and some other sappy movies just to get some balance:)
- Deleted Scene (2 Minutes) – Short deleted scene which changes the end of the movie somewhat.
- A Radical Experiment (2 Minutes) – EPK style featurette which delves into the actual Purge itself.
- Bringing The Chaos (3 Minutes) – A look at how the action scenes were executed.
- The Masks Of The First Purge (3 Minutes) – The movie has a bunch of crazy people in funny masks, here are how they were made.
- 4KUHD, Blu-ray & UV Digital Copy
Audio & Video: 8/10
The First Purge is an incredibly good-looking film on 4K and Blu-ray. The video here is as sharp as the weapons used in the movie. Flesh tones are good, blanks are inky but never crushed this is a very good-looking movie especially considering it takes place mostly at night.
The DTS:X soundtrack used here is a little less aggressive than I am used to for this type of movie. Action sequences are quite subtle and you might be reaching for the volume dial to make this movie more exciting. The musical score by Kevin Lax is very tightly mixed and blends well with the intense horror. Dialog is always central and very easy to hear.
Overall Score 6.5/10