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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Did You Have A Good Purge?
just saw The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to last year’s original movie about a
United State in the near future sanctioning a 12-hour period where you can
kill, beat, rob, rape, torture, and destroy people and their property—without
police interference or punishment. Whatever happens in purge, stays in purge.
would a society allow for such insanity?
releases anger and unleashes aggression. So is it for the good of society that
one partakes in its destruction?
learn the annual purge creates otherwise low unemployment and safer streets the
rest of the year. But what of the psychological toll? What of the lasting
effects for survivors, victims, and offenders?
see that many people like the chance to get revenge on others. Some do it for
sport or money. Others kill to oppose the government. And now the government
uses the day to kill those it finds a drain—ethnic minorities, the poor, the
elderly. It seems many have incentives to kill. Who knew how much we hated one
would you purge?
boss or a colleague?
spouse who wronged you?
who previously injured you?
movie series can go on for a long time. There’s no end to the plots and
depictions of killings and mayhem. Maybe watching this movie is our purge. For
two hours we can play along, in our minds, of how we’d act in a situation
involving life and death.
book publishing world purges daily. Publishers, authors, and retailers all do
battle in the marketplace. So do book promoters and marketers. But for us,
death is not permanent. We shall live to write, publish, promote and sell
March 21—in time for “spring cleaning”—people get a chance to kill at will, according to the film. The
movie implies that this is a good idea, as if it’s your God-given right, to kill,
regardless of who the person is.
Some see it as a race or class war. Some seek
revenge for real wrongs or perceived slights. Some people settle family scores
or act out aggressively over petty jealousy.
you kill? What would you do to barricade and protect yourself? Are you prepared
to defend yourself? Would you go out of your way to help a stranger?
idea behind the movie is perhaps greater than the movie itself but the film
keeps you on edge because you feel there’s not much distance between the
onscreen scenario and what boils beneath the angry skin of humans. Once the
streets become a war zone, anything goes.
surprised there haven’t been copycat actions in the real world. I would not be
shocked to hear a group of disenfranchised teens or neo-Nazis or misinformed
Tea Party Southerners formed to reenact elements of The Purge. This movie
couldn’t exist if people didn’t feel, deep down, a desire for such a thing.
That’s what movies do best—hold a mirror to our fears and fantasies—and hope
it’s enough to control our urges.