So, this is the fourth installment in the Purge franchise, and the makers have learned from past mistakes. First, they made The First Purge more human than most sequels. Second, it doesn’t cheat its way out of its gimmick the way some of the previous films did. It’s a prequel, as hinted by the title, and it’s handled as such. Mind you, there are anachronisms.
The First Purge happens on different levels: politically, scientifically and socially. The political subplot is far-fetched and highly improbable, but it drives every other aspect of the purge. Nothing says “Fuck America” quite like the Purge franchise, and this film is no exception. There are virtually no good Caucasians in this. They are the villains. Should we read into it?
The photography is superb. This is the kind of lighting that densifies the atmosphere. There is fog when fog is needed, and, while most of the film takes place in the dark, we see what we need to see. What a cool movie this is. The action scenes are breath-taking, the stunts look like they hurt, and the choreographies are right out of a kung fu film. Good job!