This movie seems to be essentially about the American government, with a Trump-like president, starting the Purge. They commit a false-flag operation using ex-military, who pretend to be the citizens of a lower-income community largely made up of people of color. By instigating the violence, they can create more violence and perhaps blame it all on the community; I guess, justifying the Purge?
There is a larger backdrop involving some evil bloodless Ted-talky woman played by Marisa Tomei, who is the mastermind of the whole thing; and also some inference that there is like a very dilettante culture around her that fetishizes Purge elements in some way.
The producers of this film seem to have a marketing strategy here where they can play upon the paranoia/views of both the Left and the Right; regard the MAGA and “Statue of Liberty” versions of the movie’s poster. On top of that, you have a society that, to an extent, has lost its sense of irony; a portion of said society who sort of takes these movies literally and/or interprets certain negative elements as desirable.
And so I have two opinions regarding this film so far:
- It seems like an interesting commentary on our political/sociological situation that might create intellectual debate and give people new ways of contemplating current events.
- It seems like the type of film that might provoke some degree of real-life violence; I don’t mean so much a “copy cat” situation as creating a low-level sort of violent “energy” that subconsciously operates in a populace already on the edge.
Which…kind of makes the Tomei character a stand-in for Universal in all this.