Universal Pictures and Blumhouse’s action-horror film, The First Purge, scooped $9.3 million on Independence Day.
The film, starring Y’lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade Marisa Tomei and Lauren Vélez, secured the no. 3 spot at the box office with $9,305,875 just behind The Incredibles 2, which scooped $9,646,015.
In The First Purge, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) tests a sociological theory that allows and encourages citizens to purge all of their aggressions (including crime and murder) for one night without any legal ramifications.
The film is set in a low income black and brown community on Staten Island, where residents are paid $5,000 if they opt to bunker down and tough out the 12-hour purge. They’ll receive even more money if they participate in the shenanigans.
I have to be honest and let you know the first half of the film will make you feel like you played yourself and wasted your coins.
But, once the sub-plot is revealed and the shizznit hits the fan….The First Purge pops all the way AWF!
I also peeped how the film addressed classism, police brutality and racism. There were also references to the Charleston church shooting, the murder of James Byrd, Jr. and more.
Pay attention to everything and you’ll see it too!
The First Purge wasn’t an amazing film, but it wasn’t terrible either.
There are teeth-sucking eye-rolling moments…then, there are moments where you will jump up, cheer and feel extremely satisfied!
Check out the film this weekend!