Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Sep 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Prequel to the series about a futuristic world where one night a year all crime is legal.
My Take on it – I’m not a fan of horror movies at all, but when I saw the first movie in this series, I actually was able to enjoy it very much because it was more of a dystopian film than a horror per se.
The two sequels that followed were both also good because they added ore information about this futuristic world even if the basic premise still stays the same.
This film is all about the events that happened to bring about the whole idea of Purge Night and I once again hoped that they would be able to give us more information about how and why society of the future chose to go in this direction.
Unfortunately, all this film does is rehash the old ideas from the previous films and doesn’t manage to give us anything new and innovative in the story.
None of the characters are developed well enough and they all seem like stereotypical cannon fodder for this kind of premise, the only question is who will be the survivors in the end.
The story itself moves along in a very predictable arc and they don’t manage to give us many surprises along the way.
I think that they made an error here and should have made a film about what happens following the events of the previous film instead of trying to explain (unsuccessfully) why there was truly such a need for a Purge night in the first place.
Bottom Line – Completely rehashes the same idea as the other films and doesn’t really manage to add many new ideas. The characters are all just canon fodder for the premise and aren’t developed more deeper than being superficial. The story moves along as predicted and there are very few surprises along the way. It would have been more interesting to see how things continue following the 3rd film instead of jumping back in time to the very beginning of it all.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The poster for the film shows a picture of a red hat with the slogan “The First Purge.” This is a reference to President Donald Trump’s red “Make America Great Again” hat which was used throughout his presidential campaign. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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