Honest Trailers usually only spotlight a single film, but recently they have been mixing things up a bit, like their recent Honest Trailer for "Every Christopher Nolan Movie" and that continues with the YouTube series' latest entry, an Honest Trailer for the original Purge Trilogy.
Released just in time for the newest Purge film, The First Purge, they cut right to the point in their opening, noting that in a world filled with strife, excessive violence and corporate greed...here is a movie series also about those topics.
The biggest knock that the films receive in the video is for the lack of subtly in the political commentary in the films. As noted, one of the films literally has the word "Purge" written in giant letter in blood on the Lincoln Memorial. There is no room for nuance in the world of the Purge. If you are wondering if they are making any statements about class conflicts, there is dialogue like, "Who dies tonight? The poor!"
The next biggest area that the trailer hits the films for is a general complaint that can be applied to most violent films that are nominally anti-violence. The movies are intended to show you the dangers of violence while, of course, going out of their way to show really cool scenes of violence throughout the films. As the trailer points out, the Purge is a franchise that has potential, but they need to be more creative in their execution of the premise, instead of simply being creative in the executions within the films.
Directed by Gerard McMurray from a script by series creator James DeMonaco, The First Purge stars Y’Lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade, Luna Lauren Velez, Kristen Solis and Marisa Tomei. The film is in theaters now.