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First Purge, The (15)

Thriller, Horror

US horror thriller in which a group of people must fight to survive a night of government-sanctioned mayhem.

The critical consensus

With a sharper focus on race and plenty of real-life horrors to draw from, Gerard McMurray brings a fresh perspective to this splashily satirical prequel. If only its action was as punchy as its ideas.

***(*)(*)Ben Travis, Empire Online, 05/07/2018

It’s hard not to admire an attempt to bring tough societal trauma to the multiplex but in this particular package, it’s even harder to recommend.

**(*)(*)(*)Benjamin Lee, The Guardian, 03/07/2018

While you can't accuse The First Purge of subtlety, the imagery used is charged and blisteringly effective and it makes great use of horror tropes and characters to bust racist myths.

***(*)(*)Katherine McLaughlin, The List, 04/07/2018

Ultimately an old-fashioned B picture but it has more of an edge than its predecessors.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 05/07/2018

Maybe it’s forgettable, but it could not be more of its time.

****(*)Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 05/07/2018

The Purge films are B-movies, and so this ultraviolence mostly works, though its social commentary is served a little too rare to stomach easily.

***(*)(*)Simran Hans, The Observer, 07/07/2018

For a fourth film in a franchise, The First Purge is surprisingly good.

***(*)(*)Peter Callaghan, Review Sphere, 06/07/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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