The Purge Anarchy

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My first thought when I saw that The Purge was going to have a sequel was “Really? But the first was so bad.” and the first really was bad, devoid of imagination, weak in plot and not particularly well acted. The idea of the purge is particularly interesting as I thought it could really delve into the human mind and see how far away from animals we really are? What would it take for a person to commit a heinous crime? Would one night on the loose be enough for some? Who would be the prey? Survival of the fittest comes to mind. Who would The Purge benefit and how could it be used?

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There are many more questions and of course many theory’s on what could happen if The Purge became reality. The first film did not come up with any questions and provided very little apart from a lot of ruthless killing with no real reason behind it. This is why it disappointed me. so I went intro the second film with very little optimism. That being said I did still go and see it, so there must have been some hope that the second film would be better. The second film was indeed far superior to the first and it did have a look at human nature and how The Purge would be used, and by whom, what benefit it would have to society. It also looked at the class structure and how the government would be involved.

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The build up is very similar to the first. The camera looks upon the people of the city and you know that somehow they will soon be close up and running for their lives. One couple break down on the motorway and you know they are going to be in for it. As people leave their place of work and their family to get inside you can easily identify who will be targeted. Those on the lower economic scale who cannot afford the expensive security systems will be the easy targets. This is where the survival of the fittest comes into it. There are those that seek revenge for the loved ones that they have lost either through a reckless act or a premeditated murder. Some will sacrifice themselves in order for their families have a better a life with more money. Some just get caught out through misfortune. The second film covers all these aspects of humanity.

Class is very important in the storyline as the rich target the poor and use those less fortunate than themselves for their little games. Can money really save your life? Maybe it can? Again this is where survival of the fittest comes in and those most powerful prey on those most weak. This can be said for the government too as uses The Purge to it’s advantage, but surely they are safe from the murderers out there? Their money will surely protect them? Unemployment is down because those at the bottom of the ladder are killed off, those without jobs or homes are the first ones targeted and the government are not scared to do this themselves, well pay someone else to do it at least. Crime would be down because those who have the urge would be free to do it on this one day of the year. Of course the rest of the year people like this could quite easily hold themselves back or would it make more murderers because once they have the taste of blood they may want more?

The Purge would of course be an unthinkable policy and one that would destroy society not protect it or make it better. So many people would be targeted and killed because of bigotry. Those that have racist views would target ethnic minorities, those that are homophobic may target those who are gay. What about those that are believed to be paedophiles, wrongly so on may occasions, surely they would be a target. Those that are ignorant enough to think that all Muslims are terrorist would surely act on their stupid views? How many people would actually be left if The Purge really came into existence. And that’s’ just murder, there are so many other disgusting crimes that would occur if people were free to commit them, The Purge only looks at killing and of course this is for good reason as it would truly be unwatchable if they reflected on what might actually happen, It would truly be a night that you could only imagine in your worst nightmares.

The second purge film skims some of the ideas of what could happen and rightly so, but at least it does tackle a small part of it, which makes it an interesting film, Im glad they didn’t take it too far, but also feel that the second film played out the way I thought it should and explored a great deal of the human mind and the peoples actions.

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A Disgusting Riot!!

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I always leave the cinema with thoughts and emotions, generally positive, but sometimes negative although I very rarely sit in my seat tensed up with anger. Riot Club made me angry and extremely uncomfortable. This feeling didn’t come out straight away as the film started out quite light hearted, jovial with a bit of harmless fun. It ended up with what can only be described as an action of pure evil, which left my stomach in turmoil. The fact that it did this shows how well these guys portrayed their different roles. That is really the only positive that I can take out of this film.

The basic story is of this famous and historic club made up of the elite of society and Oxford University. They all speak with the silver tongue, have lots of money and families who have the richest blue blood in their veins. They are men who act like spoilt boys, that don’t know how to socialise with anyone other than the rich. A life after uni will bring starched shirts, expensive suits and stuffy boardrooms, so they intend to live their uni life recklessly no matter what the consequence.

A new year comes in and the club only have 8 members and they have to have 10 to continue their tradition. Two rivals are chosen despite their differing views on life and in particular the working class. Miles comes from a very well to do family, but has a belief in equality and a great respect for the working class. He champions the welfare state believing it to be a great cause in improving the lives of the everyday man or woman. He falls for a northern girl who comes from the very class of people that he looks up to. He is a good man, however he is weak and cannot break away from his upbringing no matter how he tries. This leads to uncomfortable viewing when he observes rather than acts to stop what I can only describe as pure evil. He gets into the club of course after a rather disgusting initiation ceremony, but he soon learns that the club isn’t all that great.

The other is Alistaire who hates the poor, believing them to be the scourge of society and he of course is a superior being. His family history belongs to the riot club although you get the feeling that he doesn’t quite come up to scratch amongst the elite of his family. Firstly he studied at Harrow, which apparently isn’t quite up there with Eaton. His brother was an inspiration and great leader of the riot club, which is a shadow that Alistaire can’t quite move out from. He too is a weak human being meaning that he has to vent his power on those he sees as inferior. His mind set leads to the atrocity at the end.

The riot club have an annual dinner and choose a country pub because very few venues will take them and their outrageous behaviour. The two new men are pitted together in a drinking game which leaves them, shall we say, bladdered? The pub landlord is extremely excited about his guests and wants to make an impression. So much so, that all his other guests go by the way side. The evening soon leads to drunken debauchery, an offended prostitute and a northern girlfriend who soon realises how weak her boyfriend is. What comes next has been building all night as the guests abuse the staff and generally act in a disgusting manner. I will let you decide if you want to go to the cinema to see the rest, but I will give you this advice. If injustice, violence,cruelty, arrogance, self importance doesn’t effect you or you can take it as just a film then feel free to watch. I admit that I cannot watch films like this particularly easily and I can only relate my feelings about this film to the same feelings I felt when seeing A Clockwork Orange for the first time. Many would disagree with me on this, so don’t be put off by my views as the point of film is to divide and share.

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