In yes-way KKK fascist USA, all law enforcement and emergency services are suspended for one night. All crime is decriminalized. It’s the perfect time to murder somebody. Except disadvantaged black and brown people aren’t killing each other fast enough or at anywhere near the desired levels, so the government steps up and does it for them in Gerard McMurray’s The First Purge (2018).
If you’re looking for nuanced political analysis, you might want to manage your expectations. It’s a Purge movie, not a sociology paper. And even in the right-and-wrong world that it inhabits, it loses the thread of its own moral arguments. But its instinct—that something is deeply wrong in this country—is right on the mark. This is the best entry in the franchise since the original and maybe even better than that.