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Gun Review: The Purge: Election Year (Or: What if "The Purge" movies were real?) - 01-26-2018, 03:59 PM

I've watched the second two movies in The Purge series, and I found them thought provoking.

I often find terrible movies thought provoking.

Don't get me wrong, The Purge: Election Year has some great visual moments. I should also forgive it for not making much sense, since it's a horror movie and one of the tricks that horror movies use is by being subtly surreal.

It even achieves the feat of having multiple attractive negresses. I don't mean mulattoes, I mean actual full-blown negresses, who are attractive. They are also among the first characters to die.

But it takes something close to a great idea, turns it into a "meh" idea, and then uses that idea to make a "meh" movie (with enough great moments to make a great trailer - I've not seen the trailer, but I'll assume it's totally stunning).

The premise of The Purge series

The premise of the series - as described by the movie itself - is that false-Christian government has decided to deal with overpopulation by suspending all law and order for a single night each year, allowing anyone to commit any crime and get away with it.

Now just stop for a moment and think about this. It's not a science-fiction premise, it's actually something that happens quite often. Police get overwhelmed by natural disasters (Watch: American Blackout, and When The Levees broke), large-scale riots (The L.A. Riots of 1992), or the collapse of a government (Baghdad after the fall of Saddam). One time in Montreal Canada, the police actually went on strike.

What happened in these situations? It did not involve people forming groups of 5, putting on masks, and hunting people down. Most people did nothing. Some people went on ordinary shopping expeditions, only without paying for the merchandise.

If the disorder continues for long enough, other organizations take the place of the government, or new organizations are created. Street gangs, warlords, manorialism....These are well-known things, not science-fiction concepts.

Sorry for the factualness, we now return to your regularly scheduled mental temper tantrum

When it comes to civil disorder, Americans have an absurd interest-to-ignorance ratio. We are fascinated by civil disorder, yet we never learn anything about it. I think that's because the whole survivalist theme in American thought isn't really about apocalypse survival, it's just an overdramatized mental temper tantrum about America's declining social trust and co-operation.

But The Purge is not really inspired by right-wing survivalist ideas. It betrays its creators as left-wing bubble-dwellers right from the start, where it assumes that the only system of human organization possible is big government. There is no chamber of commerce: a shopkeeper plans to spend purge night standing guard over his shop alone. The only church in the movie is used by the government, and they only manage to fill a couple of pews. There are no unions. The only groups of people larger than 10 are the government, and political parties. It is a world where people go bowling alone.

I actually think a Purge night would be a good idea, it would force people to meet their neighbors, and realize that there are possible forms of human co-operation that don't involve force of government.

How a pre-SJW liberal would have written/directed The Purge series

First, the movie really needs to explain why the purge night is not a night of boring looting. In this version of the story, murder would be legal, but all property crimes would be severely punished - the police are allowed to commit murder too, remember. The old left would have made that commentary - "See how the system values property over human life". Cue a scene where police are guarding a bank and a Gucci store while a screaming victim gets slowly and clumsily hacked to death right in front of them - and they do nothing.

If I had written/Directed The Purge series

I would not touch some of the earlier scenes the ones that are very sympathetic to a male small businessman. We see him have to deal with a female shoplifter who treats him with total contempt, and threatens to accuse him of rape. His property rights end up being rescued by a female friend, who has a reputation as a brutal criminal.

This is a brilliant bit of science-fiction prediction. I predict that in the future there will be a booming business for female mercenaries, whose whole job will be to defend men from contemptuous women who got used to beating men with impunity. There might even be an entire class of men who claim to be transgender for this reason, though I'm also predicting that the transgender movement will stall or have backlash once about 50% of female Olympic athletes turn out to have penises.

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