First Purge, The
Directed by Gerard McMurray
"The conclusion to this disaster is even worse than the preceding 90 minutes and made me throw up in my mouth a little."
In a time of economic decline a Trump like figure is elected president. He organizes the first purge to be held on Staten Island. Dmitri a successful drug dealer seems to grow a conscience overnight and decides to help his community make it through the first purge. Behind the scenes things don't go as planned and mercenaries or employed to ensure sufficient casualties.
The backdrop for the prequel is a poverty stricken neighborhood and almost all the principal characters are black. As apposed to the first entry set in a suburban neighborhood where a white family was under siege from its predominantly white neighbors. Things have changed since the 70s and 80s the time of blaxploitation. We've had the black lives matter movement, protest against whitewashing and the director is a person of color. So that'll take care of all the stereotypes right? Nope even when included, people of color can't escape being portrayed as thugs. The male protagonist is a successful drug dealer. With the emphasis on successful, he isn't some I have to bring food to the table small time criminal. He's the hardened criminal that that has no problem with murder or employing minors. And for all his heroics he doesn't really seem to care too much about the safety of the girlfriends neighbors, just the girlfriend. So he's more of a horny asshole than a hero.
James DeMonaco, who passed on the directorial reigns, but wrote it, saves some cliches for the idealistic girlfriend the loudmouth with the heart of gold and kid with a chip on his shoulder. They all seem to be stock characters You know that kind that comes with the frame.
The conclusion to this disaster is even worse than the preceding 90 minutes and made me throw up in my mouth a little. Making sure you won't forget how much of a disaster this, one too many, entry in the franchise was.
Item added : 15/10/2018
Women in Heat Behind Bars (ak Ori no naka no hoshigaru onnatachi)
Directed by Junichi Suzuki
"Lacking a decent plot all you're left with is beautifully shot mastorbatory material."
Pressured by her boyfriend to participate in a robbery Shinobu Himeno is caught and sent to prison. There she encounters a sadistic regime of the prison warden.
Although none of the characters are portrayed as being innocent of the crime they were convicted for, In true pinku tradition, it's the men who are to blame for their predicament. Because no matter how mysogenistic pinku movies get there's always a femenist undertone to them. But as the movie jumps from sex scene to sex scene, the plot never really takes off and everything leads to a dissapointing conclusion. An anticlimax to an already weak plot.The plot is so thin the title Women in Heat Behind Bars might as well be used as a synopsis.
Yet Women in Heat Behind Bars is a beautifully shot film, which dutifully checks of most of the fetishes linked to women in prison flicks. There's lesbianism, rape, bondage and sadism in various forms. All are well shot but the scenes revealing one of the characters pyromanic nature really sticks out. The pyromaniac eclipses the innocuous lead character.
Lacking a decent plot all you're left with is beautifully shot mastorbatory material. Although it's far from the best movie released in Impulse pictures Nikkatsu series it does have a decent transfer.
And it still is worth a purchase if you're not averse to a little bondage.
Item added : 30/9/2018