“The Purge” franchise has shown some remarkable legs at the box office since launching in summer 2013. Each entry has outgrossed the previous one, with 2016’s “The Purge: Election Year” becoming the franchise’s highest-grossing title with $79 million. These stats bode well for the next installment, “The First Purge,” which tells the origin story of the entire series.
“The First Purge” is set on the titular event’s inaugural outing. Marisa Tomei stars as the head of the government-backed New Founding Fathers of America, who decide to make all killing legal for 24 hours. The government reckons that The Purge will make people take out all their aggression in one evening, leaving the rest of the year more crime free.
“Burning Sands” director Gerard McMurray makes his franchise debut with the film, making it the first “Purge” film not directed by James DeMonaco. The cast includes Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, and Luna Lauren Velez. The official trailer below is your standard-looking “Purge” film: Lots of violence, creepy masks, and young people coming up with new ways to save their lives.
“The First Purge” opens in theaters July 4. Watch the trailer below.