Imagine, you can do what you want and get a free pass. It is a little bit like what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, only here it's a carnival not just of gambling and cavorting, but of killing and pillaging.
I could not help but think the movie was a little like The Hunger Games, where lawless violence is sanctioned by the government for the good of the people. It’s also part Halloween, where it’s permissible to assume another identity and project fear, anger, and insanity. And it reminded me of the Amish Rumspringa, a time out for the group's young members to act out the exact things that are normally forbidden.
Look out publishers, literary agents, and book reviewers – for all the times you turned an author down or criticized their work, you might be on someone’s purge list. Let the festivities begin!