*clears throat* Bar, We Have a New Victim


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  1. First of all, let me tell you what I see.

    As usual, this is not a move for or about POC. So we'll dispense with that.

    Here's the message I feel the movie sends: it's a warning. It's a warning for white folks who try to intervene on the behalf of POC - or any marginalized people. "If you get in the way of The System, you will be next. That magical shield which protects you, your home, your property, and your children - *snaps fingers* - gone. If you are not silently complicit or vocally supportive of The System, your very lives will be forfeit."

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    1. *handclaps * Thank you.

      I just love how we give subtle racial implications in movies. With the movie,, it's just plain obvious what the message is.Even a kindergartner can get this.

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    2. First of all, I couldn't have typed it better myself. Second, am I the only one who feels that Hollywood's racism on film is becoming more and more overt lately?

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    3. Brotha I was thinking the exact same thing. I think the powers that be are really afraid of the way things are turning out. Racist propaganda is the name of the game in Hollywood now.

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  2. What the Fudge?!

    I was going to go off on a tangent, but no need because A. Mie already said it best.

    My other problem with this movie is that it had too many security flaws in the house for it to be realistic. How do you have a steel (or whatever heavy metal used) door to keep people out, yet they can get in through a window? 12 hours is a long time, why not have high voltage running throughout the exterior of the house? That way, once armed, you don't have to worry about it. And make it special so people can knock on the door and be fine, but once they touch anything else or try and break through the door they get fried? I could go on about this, but let's face it: this is some tomfoolery that should have had a battle with a shredder and lost.

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    1. My other problem with this movie is that it had too many security flaws in the house for it to be realistic.

      FOR REAL. By the looks of the security system, the Purge has been around for a while. Homes should be foolproof at this point; fuck...you shouldn't even be able to step foot on my lawn without getting blown up. When I saw those heavy metal doors coming down, I blinked and asked, "Then what the hell's the movie about? Okay...so, dude got in and those heavy metal doors came back down. Um...the end?"

      The overall idea of the Purge itself has too many flaws. Say my crime isn't violent; it's online. You're telling me if I'm a grandmaster hacker who bankrupts several banks, businesses or billionaires, all I have to do is sit tight for 12 hours and everything will be forgiven the next morning? I don't think so.

      What about the law? What about due process? Say I'm out on bail during the Purge, pending trial. What's to stop the cops who arrested me from hunting me down and blowing my brains out?

      Or better yet...if all crime is legal for 12 hours, what happens in prisons for those 12 hours? Or do prisoners not have a right to "purge"?

      In addition to the white, sexist saturation, these half-assed attempts at creativity really piss me off. I call it "Signs Syndrome" after M. Night Shyamalan's flick in which aliens who are fatally allergic to water feel the need to come to a Earth...a planet that's 97% water and overrun by humans who are mostly made up of water.

      Um...seriously?

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    2. Perla Buttons4/6/13, 6:40 PM

      What struck me is that a Purge would involve a lot of family violence and murders *within* people's homes, not to mention a metric shitload of rape and sexual violence. But that reality seems to be skipped over.

      This damn movie has now claimed too much space in my brain!

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    3. Leo Princess4/7/13, 3:12 PM

      ^ The ONLY way I can see intra-family crime not getting a 'Go 'Head!' Thumbs-Up as part of The Purge is if there was a very strict exemption in the law. Something tells me that the writers didn't get that far/deep in the planning processes, and I'm not going to even bootleg this film to check.

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    4. Something tells me that the writers didn't get that far/deep in the planning processes

      Me too. I mean, kids shoot their parents now, and parents molest their kids all now.

      So you give them 12 hours in which you say it's okay?

      And how do the insurance companies feel about the damages they'll have to pay out after the 12 hours? What about life insurance? We wait until the night of the Purge to shoot dad and collect a few cool mil?

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    5. The movie also assumes that society would be safer with a purge...which is bullshit because violence has consequences like PTSD except now, realistically, you have PTSD on a social level.

      It isn't well thought out because all that wanton fighting, killing and raping is going to traumatize a lot of people. So even when the violence ends society will still be living the the consequences of it. Mental health is going to be a major concern. So what will they do with all the deeply wounded and broken people in order to maintain their idea of a pristine society? If people are encouraged to turn a blind eye to the carnage of the purge will they not do the same with the victims/surivors. HOw will this society handle the resulting depression? There are going to be a lot of suicides, especially if people are discouraged from dealing with the trauma. There's going to be a lot of denial and repression in order to maintain the idea that the purge is a good and necessary thing.

      Honestly, this world sounds like...a dystopian novel waiting to be written by people far more thoughtful and intelligent. It sounds like a more sinister version of Orwell's 2 minutes of hate.

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  3. *exits the planet*

    But before I go... This is disturbing on so many levels. All the happy happy joy joy perfect America looks blindingly white. So from the jump the "unspoken" thing ties right into the real life backlash that's happening right outside our front doors today. I was hard pressed to keep watching after seeing that established as the baseline.

    So I hoped against hope that the only people left at that point to get into it with each other on purge day would all be white. Just robbin and stealin and shootin each other up.

    But no.

    So yeah, I'm with you on that, K. Feels the same way to me. Extend that helping hand and you will lose everything. Step outside that status quo and get punished. There is already a severe lack of empathy for POC - this wonderful little movie looks to try and remove what's left - if the reactions to the Red Dawn remake and Olympus movies are any indication.

    *continues packing*

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  4. WOW. Ankhesen Mié, you are very perceptive. I would never have been able to grasp the possibility of that message just by the trailer alone. Good stuff. You are most likely right. That seems to be an underlying message in the film!

    ugh, Why was I born on this planet?


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  5. Not even gonna bother looking. I trust you, girl.

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  6. Leo Princess4/6/13, 11:00 PM

    Wow. They're not even being subtle about it any more, huh? Part of me is extremely cautious, while the other part is thinking, "Well, at least they didn't bother with the b.s.".

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  7. Wait so the world went to shit because the white kid was compassionate to the black guy.

    You know I'm going to have to disagree and say this movie is a full on win....for all the wrong reasons. White folks aren't lifting a fucking finger to undo the system of horror they caused (one well meaning white kid not withstanding), hell that shit happens now.

    White folks think that reasoning with sociopaths will like totally work. They do this shit now.

    Personally, this film is coming off as an excellent critique of white privilege and white culture in spite of the movie itself.

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    1. Wait so the world went to shit because the white kid was compassionate to the black guy.

      And his family gets punished for doing so.

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  8. This movie scared me and not in a good way. The image of a white mob chasing a black man... I mean if you think of US history and European imperialism, the purge has been happening for a while hasn't it? Except the purge was enacted on specific (ie; non-white) groups. And they found reasons to justify and normalize their violence and hatred. Stories like this are about white folks demons.

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    1. And since all crime is legal for 12 hours, hate crime is legal for 12 hours.

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    2. Leo Princess4/7/13, 3:04 PM

      ^Oh yes indeed. Forget the 12 hours, I'd make sure my 'Other' ass was hidden waaaay off the grid for at least 48 hours. No joke.

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  9. I'm getting the distinct sense no one in the creation of this movie stopped for ten seconds and thought "Wait a minute, what the fuck are we doing here?"

    But then again, I guess they don't really have to. I'm sure audiences will eat up this poison like candy.

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  10. So my friend told me about this movie the other night and from her description it sounded interesting even cool....U til I saw that trailer like seriously WTDoubleH. This mess isn't even actually thought out. I was like hold up...why is this black man being chased by all these white people, how is it possible for the "purgers" able to get into the house if it's suppose to be secure much less the window. And if anything, does it seem like the black guy is an idiot to running up and down streets screaming for help like he didn't know that the "purge" aka white people go crazy and show the world how f*edup you are day was that day. I'm not buying it especially since a lot of the movie sounds like another movie from back in the day except it's with kidnappers and all holy he'll breaks loose.

    Purge for the Fail: back to the drawing board cuz this movie gets an EPIC Hardcore FAIL!

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  11. Lifecoaster4/7/13, 10:09 PM

    Smmfh. White Fantasy: The Movie. There's so much fail, I can't even begin to speak on it all. Personally, if I know there was 12 hours where the whole country got to show its ass, mine would be gone all that week. I'd save up all year and take a vacation. Then the movie would be "Black Woman Who Got the Fuck Outta Dodge and Didn't Come Back Until Next Week."

    Anyone else peep how no POC were acting a fool and the only one was running FROM and not WITH the loonies? I'm guessing the purge has "limitations".

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    1. "White Fantasy: The Movie"

      Best summary so far.

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  12. Disclaimer: I've been drinking :)

    How did I miss the correlation between the KKK in their hoods chasing after random black people and this group of white people in masks hunting this black man on "free night"? Hmmm. Was someone watching some history channel and all of a sudden got an awesome idea? Or is it since they have a harder time doing it outright, they make a movie where it's ok.
    What will they think up next?

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    1. What will they think up next!? PLEASE do not ask that. Hollyweird has been going into a downward spiral for years now.We do not need anymore of their tomfuckery.

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    2. yeah seriously, how is this different from most lynchings?

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  13. The question is: What won't they think of next? From board game adaptations to poorly thought out pseudo-intellectual horror films. I'm too through, which is why I rarely go to the cinema anymore. Stream away.

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