When "The Purge" franchise started, the annual lawless night of murder and violence was an established rite, one depicted again in two follow-up movies. Now comes the prequel, "The First Purge," which explores how the mayhem began.
The trailer introduces a doctor (Marisa Tomei) who's part of the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA). They convince the country to run an experiment — 12 hours with no laws, including murder.
"If we want to save our country, we must release all our anger in one night," Tomei declares.
Despite protests against the idea, the Purge becomes a fact and so begins the first night of terror. And as in the other movies, innocent, fearful citizens find themselves hunted by roving gangs of killers.
At one point a reporter asks Tomei's character, "Is the Purge a political device?" Well, "The Purge" as a movie feels a bit like a political device. It certainly feels relevant in the current climate, particularly since the cast — including Y'Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Luna Lauren Velez — is predominantly African American.
"The First Purge" opens in theaters July 4.
In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity -- including murder -- is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary (Lena Headey) and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid. Read More
To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America try a radical sociological experiment that allows citizens to vent their aggression for one night in an isolated community. The idea soon explodes across the nation when the violence of the oppressors meets the rage of the marginalized. Read More