Purge series (The First purge (2018) vs The Purge (2013))

My pick:

“Without a doubt, despite a slightly more basic plot, The Purge (2013) was comfortably the better movie. Both films weren’t bad though”.



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So those Dystopian fans out there, will hopefully find this post insightful. Whilst not quite “The Hunger games” or “Maze runner”, The Purge is a series with 4 current installments, as of 2018.

Whilst (The Purge: Anarchy), and (The Purge: Election year) films, were released prior to (The First Purge), I shall be reviewing them in Friday’s post. This is because (The First Purge) and (The Purge), are the first movies chronologically. They should therefore be watched in that order for continuity.


For clarity, here is the correct viewing order according to : (Source 1 below).

1 The First Purge (2018) / 2 The Purge (2013) / 3 The Purge: Anarchy (2014) / 4 The Purge: Election Year (2016)


The First Purge (2018) (6.0/10)


Good points

Strong introduction, with action from the outset.

Innovative story concept.

Events explained well.

A few little mysteries, which made sense after watching.


Bad points

Lack of variation in characters at the opening.

Emotions were not always convincing.

Slow to start the event.

Story progression was too steady throughout.

Ending was a bit of an anticlimax.



Worth a watch, if Dystopia is your thing.



The Purge (2013) (7.5/10)


Good points

Tension was built up well using music.

Acting felt natural throughout.

From middle to end, it glues you to the screen.

The memorable ending here, was better than in “The First Purge”.


Bad points

Lack of mysteries were present throughout.

The movie opening was quite predictable.

Lack of a hook.

Events were slow to be properly introduced.

The opening wasn’t as action-packed as in The First Purge.



The Purge, had quite a dull opening. It was sluggish to build into a pretty impressive climax, towards the end. This made up for the predictable plot through the most part, making the film one that was quite captivating, and entertaining overall.



Whilst The First Purge had a more striking opening, from middle to end, the superior tension building effects of the original movie, kept the viewer more engaged. The few extra plot nuances of The First Purge, couldn’t make up for that.

My Pick

Without a doubt, despite a slightly more basic plot, The Purge (2013) was comfortably the better movie. Both films weren’t bad though.

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1 https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2020/05/28/heres-what-order-to-watch-the-purge-movies-in-when-is-the-first-purge-set/

2 https://inews.co.uk/culture/arts/theatres-reopen-uk-when-london-west-end-theatre-closed-date-coronavirus-lockdown-latest-news-448207

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