It’s the era of film franchises flagging off a web series. It happened with Jack Ryan and now it’s happened with The Purge. As a film franchise, The Purge has had an inexplicable success. Made at modest budgets, the films have succeeded in making around 10 times them. The franchise’s gory, bloody action sequences made it a simple decision to bring it onto the streaming services. Here’s our review of the first episode that’s launched.
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The episode starts just hours before the actual Purge. The concept is simple. It’s a dystopian world and countries allow a day of the purge, where all crimes are legal – even murder. You’ll find the ‘even murder’ stressed all around. We see several characters who are either rushing towards safety or are already safe. A young businessman is doing an international transaction. A poor couple are going to a donation dinner. Yet another man is looking for his sister, so on and so forth. Suffice it to say, the set up for blood, murder and mayhem is all set.
There’s not much to review with only one episode out, but it all looks promising. The premise promises a fast paced, thrill filled series that will just be a platform for a season 2. Until now, none of the characters from the films – apart from the actual existence of the New Founding Fathers – have been shown.
What’s Wow: The characters seem interesting. All characters introduced have a backstory – so it will be up to the audiences who they root for. It’s good to see a horror franchise coming up with well written characters – goes a long way into making a memorable series.
What’s Blah: The Purge series has a different take than the films. The films were violent, while in the Purge, whatever violence happens, happens off the camera. It’s different, but we will wait for the entire series to drop to decide whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Cast: Gabriel Chavarria, Jessica Garza, Hannah Emily Anderson, Colin Woodell, Lili Simmons, Reed Diamond, Amanda Warren, Paulina Galvez, Allison King.
Parting Shot: This could be a good addition to the number of franchises added.
Creator: James DeMonaco
The first episode of the first season is now streaming on Amazon Prime .