Thursday, February 1, 2018
This Trailer for, "The First Purge," Feels Uncomfortably Plausible
I liked the first, "Purge," movie but it seemed unsure if it wanted to offer political commentary or just be a home-invasion horror flick. It had a striking concept of an America where for one night all crime is legal under the auspices it helps us reduce violent urges, but it lacked much oomph outside of Ethan Hawke offering a stellar performance as always and hinting at the idea that maybe the Purge was more of an excuse to hurt the poor and disenfranchised than anything else. The 2nd movie, "Anarchy," superior as it had a bigger budget thanks to the first flick and injected a lot more political and social commentary along with morphing into more of a fast paced action-horror flick in comparison to the first movie being a bit too slow of a slow burn. Plus, "Anarchy," made it clear the Purge was a way to keep those less wealthy or powerful weak and thinned-out. I didn't see the third movie, "Election Year," yet, but it apparently provides even more clever observations on politics, as the title would indicate. The thing about, "The Purge," movies that seems to make them resonant with viewers (besides the scares and thrills) is how every year the idea of our government proposing such a terrible and destructive idea seems less crazy--and that is really terrifying.
Our elected officials talk about migrant workers as if they are a cancer as opposed to dedicated people after the American dream. The, "inner-city," is spoken of as if it's a war-zone full of barbaric black people undeserving of being treated as human beings, with police shooting unarmed men and women of color without any consequences being shrugged at. Our President has inspired once-closeted Nazis and white supremacists to march openly with torches and discuss their desire to separate races and religions, or outright eliminate the, "Wrong kind of people." Transgender individuals find themselves at more risks of violence than ever with legal protections getting rolled-back, and being openly gay in the U.S. in motherfucking 2018 could still get you fired from a job in many states, with your employer protected for doing so under their, "Religious Liberty." Taking into account all this would it be utterly absurd to picture some politicians thinking a Purge sounds just dandy? Again, the increasing relevance of what was at first a far-fetched horror concept is terrifying.