Because of the second Purge movie that has recently come out (The Purge: Anarchy), I DVR’d the first one and I’ve just finished watching it (The Purge, 2013). And I must say, it didn’t have a Freddy Krueger, it didn’t have a Jason Vorhees, it didn’t have a Michael Myers, it didn’t have a Candyman, Thirteen Ghosts, or a Leather Face, but this movie scared me worse than any of them ever could because it is based on the reality of human nature.
Of all the many animals and things in this world that can physically hurt, maim, or kill us, none of them is more terrifying than a group of our fellow human beings deliberately set on killing someone because they’ve decided it is their “right.”
The lesson conveyed to me by this story was: Stay true to yourself, no matter what. Do what you’re going to do and stick with it, no matter what happens, no matter if it was unwise.
The sad thing is that a form of “The Purge” is happening every single day on a large scale to real people in many countries overseas, and all the participants think that there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing it, and most of the world ignores it in favor of bitching about the United States. A form of it does happen here on a smaller scale in many of our neighborhoods across the country, as well. I don’t know that there’s any civilization on Earth where it doesn’t exist.
I would be lying if I said I couldn’t see this movie becoming reality one day. I didn’t have to suspend my disbelief at all while watching it. Humans are pretty predictable and can justify and talk themselves into just about anything.
I don’t have to prove that. History and current events already do.