The Purge is back, on Netflix, and on the silver screen in a couple of months in the form of The First Purge.
The First Purge is due to hit the silver screen on July 4th, Independence Day in America, and to celebrate, the original hit, The Purge has returned to Netflix. To celebrate both of these, I’m looking back at the original, the follow ups, and what we can expect in the new instalment.
I’ll be discussing all the past films, so heads up if you haven’t watched them – spoilers!The Purge – Horror Freak News
The original opens describing what the annual purge looks like – a 12 hour period where violence and crime is legal. This sets the tone for what to expect in the rest of the movie. Following this is the juxtaposition of a normal family who are getting ready for a night of relaxation while the purge is ongoing. As with most horror-thrillers, this doesn’t go according to plan and (SPOILERS!) a gang of purgers want to get into the family home.
There’s blood, gore, violence (which as you’ll get to know, I LOVE) and in this tense thriller, you’re never quite sure what’s around the next corner.
I won’t ruin what happens in the movie, but rest assured, if you haven’t watched this before, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat!
Purge: Anarchy was released after the original, which gave a citywide view of a purge. It follows Leo Barnes who is out to avenge his dead wife (original plot…). This movie introduced more politics into the film – why the purge was truly established. A key part of Anarchy was an increased level of gore (which, if you didn’t know, I love).
Two years later, in 2016, Purge: Election Year was released. This has to be my favourite film of the franchise (so far at least) as it changes the entire game. In all the previous films, “government officials of rank 10 or higher are exempt”. This means that elected members of the US government are exempt from the impacts of the crimes. Changing this gave the film a new focus and a new feel.
Purge: Election Year follows a US senator (who was definitely not meant to represent any 2016 US Presidential candidate in any way!) who wanted to stop the purge. Barnes returns in this film as an agent who is in charge of protecting the Senator and ends up protecting others as well.Purge: Election Year – Den of Geek
The First Purge
This is the fourth film in the franchise and because of this we can expect even more backstory and detail. Something that has been touched on more and more as the series has progressed is the politics of the movie.
Although only vaguely mentioned in the first film, Election Year featured politics as the driving force of the entire movie. In this instalment we can expect there to be a lot of politics around the introduction of the 12 hour purging period. As the movie is covering the first purge, I expect there to be opposition to the purge and the trailer shows there to be protests – and by hell will it be a spectacle to look forward to!
We can also expect some new faces in this film. The First Purge doesn’t feature regulars like Frank Grillo who has starred in the last two films. One new face we can look forward to seeing on the silver screen is Jovian Wade who has, up until now, been featured primarily on British television. This’ll mean actors going big (or going home) and that means more bang for your buck.
I hope to see more action, more blood, and more gore (which I LOVE!). I think this is extremely likely, as special effects have improved dramatically since The Purge was originally released. The writer, James DeMonaco, has promised the film to show how the purge became accepted and I’m hoping this to mean that we can expect strong and violent opposition to the purge.
Finally, like in the last three movies, I think we can expect some moral question shoved into the film at what feels like the last minute. So, what would you do if all crime was legal for 12 continuous hours?
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