"Fomenting a Race War"
What You Need To Know:
THE FIRST PURGE is slow to get started and isn’t that entertaining when it does. Also, THE FIRST PURGE has almost wall-to-wall foul language, plus extreme violence and brief lewd content. Even worse, its plot seems to be a leftist excuse to start a real race war between whites and blacks. As such, it plays into almost all the hysterical talking points against America that the Left has been promoting for decades. THE FIRST PURGE is offensive and lackluster.
THE FIRST PURGE is a prequel to the first three PURGE thrillers about a third political party that gets elected to the White House and tests a theory that crime can be reduced drastically the rest of the year by letting people commit any crime they want for 12 hours. The experiment turns out to be a secret racist scheme to get rid of people in the inner city, especially black people, to reduce the welfare rolls.
The movie opens with a prologue explaining how the United States has been hit with a new economic crisis, a serious depression. Poverty and crime are running rampant, and people are fed up with the two main parties, the Democrats and Republicans. So, they put a third-party candidate into the White House, the head of the New Founding Fathers of America Party.
Based on a wacky catharsis theory from a white female clinical psychologist, the new administration thinks it can cut down on the crime rate the rest of the year if it lets people commit any crimes they want, even murder, for one 12-hour period each year. They decide to use Staten Island to test this theory. However, the administration secretly has hired a bunch of masked white mercenaries from overseas to go through the island’s poor black and Hispanic enclaves and commit genocide, to cut down on the welfare rolls.
When the masked men start hitting the poor enclaves, this spurs a local drug lord named Dmitri to fight back. Dmitri learns that the men are focusing on the building where his ex-girlfriend lives with her brother.
THE FIRST PURGE is slow to get started. Also, unlike the last PURGE movie, the movie’s “good guys” are slow to win any victories against the bad guys until late in the movie. This cuts down on the movie’s excitement. Also, THE FIRST PURGE has almost wall-to-wall foul language, extreme violence and brief lewd content. Even worse, its plot seems to be a leftist excuse to start a real race war between whites and blacks. As such, it plays into almost all the hysterical talking points against America that the Left has been promoting for decades. Ironically, at the same time, the filmmakers behind THE FIRST PURGE also promote the racist stereotype that most of the people on the welfare rolls are black and brown, not white. THE FIRST PURGE is offensive and lackluster.