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No, more like people had come to love Big Bro...err the Purge.
Either that or election fraud.
The NFF proved willing to result to assassination to keep their power, so election fraud would hardly be beyond them.
This Game Film Theory was pretty amusing.
(Skip to 2:00) Creative ways to take advantage of The Purge that aren't solely about committing murder and larceny.
Seriously, most people wouldn't do murder or any kind of violence. They'd shoplift, do vandalism, stuff like that, or even just hide out in their houses. That's the entire reason the NFFA have to send out hit-squads to Kill the Poor, because no one wants to murder as much as they thought.
There are all sorts of minor altercations that can escalate to full-blown murder without the immediate presence of law enforcement. Not to be too misanthropic but human beings have killed each other for less.
Premeditated murders and Mad Max-esque gangs probably wouldn't happen. But there are plenty of gray—er crimes I'm sure could happen. I'm not sure the gangs would be totally out of the picture - Crips, Bloods, MS-13 - but they probably wouldn't be a raving gang of axe-wielding weirdos.
With the political divide in the US right now I'm sure we'd probably have at least a few incidents:
The film goes to hilarious lengths to justify tons of action and violence, yes, but situations like the police officer's, or political assassinations, mass shootings, and internet memes getting out of control don't sound too unlikely.
Edited by Soble on Oct 22nd 2019 at 5:43:29 AM
That said - a Purge "heist film" dealing with the non-stabby stabby murder orgasm aspects of Purge night would be interesting. Deal with lesser crime or neighborhoods that don't rent out to a population of domestic killers, terrorists, or Encyclopedia Dramatic users.
Maybe show a neighborhood that does a Walking Dead-esque plan - boards up the whole surrounding area, or maybe town hall, armed guards and gates. Just show people banding together and the smaller conflicts that could emerge.
Or do what the show did and show the corporate side of things - an employee enlisting a criminal's help getting drugs to a sick parent, etc.
Edited by Soble on Oct 22nd 2019 at 5:33:42 AM
It's part of why the premise of the series would work a lot better for a tv show. Seeing stuff like a Purge heist movie would be awesome.
That would literally just be "Walk in, open the vault, take the money, leave".
Unless other people had the same idea and that was the conflict, multiple heists happening at the same time.
The fact this would take place in the day crime is legal would actually make the heist significantly more difficult. Presumably, whatever they're trying to steal would quadruple its security as a precaution, and the fact anything goes means the entire city surrounding the place they're trying to rob is basically a death trap since it has roaming hordes of criminals.
In a purge scenario, trying a specific heist against some high importance target means you don't just have to get past the presumably fortified building but basically every single block between you and it. Not to mention the fact all crime is legal makes double-crosses all the more likely (hey if no crime today counts, why not add some murder to the list?). Plus what you mentioned about the possibility of competing factions.
Committing a heist against a high value target during a Purge is basically the thieving equivalent of Death-or-Glory Attack.
Edited by Gaon on Oct 23rd 2019 at 6:07:12 AM
There is also the fact that, since crime is all legal, you can pretty much shoot on sight as prime policy with suspects.
Only if they’re robbing a bank or something (and even then, it’s not clear if “no law enforcement” means “no government employees including security” - given the intended purpose of the Purge, I doubt it.
Presumably more private targets (even stuff like museums) would still have security regardless and - even better for plot - significantly less ethics then usual in exercising it.
Edit: Oh. That was literally just said. Oops.
Edited by KnownUnknown on Oct 23rd 2019 at 7:13:35 AM
Yeah, banks can just hire armed private security guards (preferably highly paid ones). After all, it's legal to rob banks...but also legal for security guards to open fire at the robbers without going through the pesky rule of engagement.
By the way, I think the series can churn out many more movies. After all, while the Purge itself is abolished, there have been many Purges until then and in various places in America. Honestly, I think this is one of the central franchise premises that allow it to make movies forever.
What year is "Election Day" even set in? I know after that that the Purge goes away because the NFFA are slaughtered during the Purge and the protagonist outlaws it, but how long did that period of history even last?
I have to admit, after all I have read of the South by charles in his post, a purge movie set them would be pretty good horror material, dont you think?.
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