The Purge Critique

The Purge is a dystopian movie centered around the American government sanctioning a 12-hour period during one day of the year in which all crimes were legal including the murder of anybody other than government officials. The Purge was implemented to reduce criminal activity throughout the year. The movie was centered around one particular rich family who designed the shutters to protect individuals from the outside world during the 12-hour event. Their family was put to the ultimate test when their son let in an African-American intruder who had a group of privileged students looking to kill him. Eventually, they got into the family’s house ready to purge anyone in sight.

Although the family of four struggled to survive the purge, the mother and the two children were able to overcome the 12 hours of staying alive. While the man of the house succumbed to his wounds. The main purpose of the purge was to help the economy flourish while still maintaining order in American society. The purge was designed to allow people to retaliate and relieve stress and anger onto anyone they disliked or have hatred towards. Anybody could’ve been a target and that’s what brought the dystopian theme to the movie. The fact that the government literally distinctly split the society into rich and poor created the dystopia.

The dystopia was created since the American society during that period restricted and had authority of individuals by using the purge to control and oppress the citizens. The purge can be a real phenomenon that can occur today. The US prison facilities are full and crime rates are at its highest just like in the movie. The government can implement the purge to reduce this and redirect funds elsewhere so it’ll be one less thing they have to worry about.

The dystopia created in The Purge is different from the dystopia created in 1984. In The Purge, the dystopia was created through violence whereas in 1984 the dystopia was from the implementation of “Big Brother” by oppressing and controlling people’s movements and actions. Both entities use government authority to control a group of individuals. The Purge and 1984 fall under the conditions of an absolute monarchy where people obey and follow what they are told to do to keep order. Citizens’ true desires and passions went unnoticed and were hidden during 1984 in Oceania, whereas The Purge, citizens redirected their desires and passions with violence. Both the movie and book contributed the dystopian theme in very similar but different ways.

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