European poster (note release date)
- The Religious Left has taken over the
USA. Possibly in the 2020 election, as the movie takes place in 2022. Every other word spoken on the television is “God” this and “God” that.
- The homeless problem has not gone away even though the statistics boast a one-percent unemployment rate and a booming economy. If anything, the homeless probably stand out more. We can also note that the homeless man being chased by the “purgers” is wearing dog tags, so he must be ex-military. War has either ended or continues, but the veterans are still getting shafted by the government.
- Poor people (and the homeless) are the targets of the purgers. The term “cleansing” is a synonym for the purge, thus implying that certain types of undesirables are being removed from society on the day of The Purge. With the removal of social programs, the poor would be more visible in an economically strong community (house in disrepair, unmowed lawns, etc), thus making them viable targets for a cleansing.
- The majority of the
USAis happy with The Purge. It works. The removal of these bad elements is placed in the hands of the people, out of the government’s social services. Crime stats are low because potential robbers, thieves, and other criminals who survive poverty by such means, are being eradicated once a year, like a Spring cleaning.
- There is still a class system as Level 10 citizens are off-limits to the purgers. I guess levels one through nine are open season then. We never learn any more of this “level” system, but we know the Level 10 are no doubt responsible for the annual purging and its marketing, which we see a lot of on the TV.
Normal nuclear couple: James and Mary Sandin
A corrupt version of the nuclear couple