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"THE FIRST PURGE"
(2018) (Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis) (R)


At-A-Glace Content Summary

Alcohol/Drugs Heavy
Blood/Gross Stuff Extreme
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Extreme
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Extreme
Imitative Behavior Extreme
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) Moderate
Profanity Extreme
Sex/Nudity Extreme
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Moderate
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Extreme


QUICK TAKE:
Action: In a dystopian America, the government experiments with a 12-hour period on Staten Island where residents can commit any crime they want with no fear of reprisal, but the real reason for "The Purge" is quite sinister.
PLOT:
In a dystopian America, the government is set to experiment with a 12-hour period on Staten Island where residents can commit any crime they want with no fear of reprisal. Dubbed "The Purge," it is the brainchild of Dr. Updale (MARISA TOMEI) and facilitated by the President's Chief of Staff, Arlo Sabian (PATCH DARRAGH). The plan is to bribe the poor and disenfranchised to remain in the borough and provide them with even more financial incentive to murder, steal, loot, and commit other crimes.

On the ground, there are the good residents of Staten Island who opt to stay and collect the one-time $5,000 bonus. They just want to hunker down and survive the night. They include Nya (LEX SCOTT DAVIS), a community activist who previously turned away from a life of crime; Dolores (MUGGA), her sassy neighbor who thinks the world is going mad; and the kind-hearted Luisa (LUNA LAUREN VALEZ) and her daughter, Selina (KRISTEN SOLIS). They all hole up in a local church that they hope will be spared the mayhem.

Those who seek to use the night to further their violent ambitions include Isaiah (JOIVAN WADE), Nya's younger brother who wants revenge on the local hoodlum who cut him with a knife; Skeletor (ROTIMI PAUL), the frightening thug who sliced Isaiah and wants to become a murderous legend of the first Purge; and Capital A (CHRISTIAN ROBINSON), a Staten Island gangster eager to usurp his rival. That rival is Dmitri (Y'LAN NOEL), Staten Island's biggest drug dealer who stays to protect his empire and ends up fighting for his life when the government becomes disappointed with the initial few hours of the Purge and commissions cold-blooded mercenaries to further along the desired violent statistics.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Older teens may have some interest, especially if they've seen the other three "Purge" movies.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
For strong disturbing violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexuality, and drug use.


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