What Does 'The Purge' Say About America?
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In a country where "LAW AND ORDER!" it keeps emphasizing how does The Purge show American ideals?

One of the most successful film franchises is The Purge series. C.by James DeMonaco, tHis B-movie imagination is that one night every year, every crime (including murder) is legal. This plays with the best things we love about horror and thriller films. There is a timeout, immediate suspense, and you can travel across the United States for the sequels to follow.

But what does the film series say about the whole country?

In a recent opinion piece published for the New York Times, Blair McClendon said of the franchise: "These films pledge to portray our society in a way that finely calibrated award-season films rarely do. Oscar Bait's great sin is not an artistic pretense; it's a lack of curiosity. We have a quality tradition for our big" news "Films developed – well shot, well acted, well done, redeeming and toothless. The better prize is praised for humanizing its characters, as if the realization that the working class also falls in love, disappoints and makes sense was some kind of mind – In these films, a few good men can always escape a story of violence. Realism reigns over the art form, but it keeps returning to the same story: "Things may be bad, but they keep getting better." In the real world, one might ask, "Who have things gotten better for?" "

I have to admit, I didn't think I'd wake up this morning and read an academic paper about the Purge films. But one thing I do know is that the best horror and thriller films have a lot to say about when they are made and about the sociology of the country in question.

We often think of the '70s paranoia films like The Parallax View, The Conversation and Klute as films about America, but I think Blumhose did a great job using horror films to talk about important topics.

We'll get to The Purge in a minute, but let's look at the obvious competitors.

Get Out is perhaps their biggest and best title. It really highlights the rift between Americans who outwardly project that they are not racist but that they have a darkness in their heart.

The Hunt is a controversial title that examines how far a particular group of elites will go for revenge.

And even titles that are not overtly political, like The Gift, have something to say about humanity and our relationship with one another. And what we can get away with.

Where does The Purge come in?

Well, in the first movie we see a rich white family killing a poor black person who is not supposed to be in their neighborhood. And the franchise developed from there. From looters attacking a poor shopkeeper to a movie called Election Year about rescuing a candidate who wanted to end the violence, The Purge is constantly forcing the country to investigate its open wounds.

And we constantly dare to get better by listening to the marginalized. The solution in The Purge is not to close your doors and ignore the problem because you think you are rich enough or white enough not to harm you.

It's a story about people who choose to be challenged and act accordingly. It's about them learning hard lessons or hard truths. And the people who don't learn … often die.

The nice thing about horror is that it isn't afraid to show something head-on. There isn't a lot of subtlety in this franchise, and the stories are better for that. This does not mean that the problems they are presenting have no nuances, but that they also provide a solution to the problem.


As the column goes on to say: "Every film ultimately argues that the only way out is through collective action. Families, neighborhoods, revolutionary cells – they all have to unite if they expect to survive a night.""

America is a dead end of division and struggle. The only way it can be better is if we team up and make the necessary changes to end the shitshow and work on a better future. Perhaps we need our own metaphorical "cleansing".

Or maybe we just need to look together to see what is happening and figure out how to take a stand with the people we trust as well as the people who have been systematically cut out of each conversation.

Let me know what you think in the comments.


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