Imagine The Awkward Encounters The Day After The Purge
As of now, there have been three films in the Purgerverse, with a fourth rumored prequel and a TV series on the way. Each one focuses on the Purge itself, the one night of the year when all crime is legal, so society may "purge" itself of excess rage, thus keeping people from ... uh, murdering each other on other days of the year? Don't try to question it; experts agree that the premise is 100-percent bulletproof.
But while Purge Night is an exciting setting for a mayhem-filled horrorfest, wouldn't the more interesting movie be about what happens the day after? Remember that the Purge is all about escaping legal consequences, but it can't save you from the social backlash -- you have to spend the other 364 days living and working with people who've revealed themselves to be secret psychopaths. What happens when you go back to the office and see your shy receptionist, Loretta, who had the night before gutted seven old people to "feel alive"? Do you just, like, go on with the project meeting as if she's not wearing a necklace made of their ears and penises?
It seems like her actions would instantly get used against her by even the most mild of office adversaries. "That's a great suggestion for the company picnic venue, Loretta. Now maybe we hear from someone who DIDN'T GODDAMN BUTCHER SEVEN PEOPLE LAST WEEKEND? But before that, this is a reminder that it's everyone's responsibility to keep the break room clean, even if they SLAUGHTERED SEVEN LOCAL GRANDPARENTS IN FRONT OF THEIR FAMILIES."
Universal Pictures"How was I supposed to know it was your grandma?"
"I literally yelled at you, 'LORETTA, PLEASE, DON'T! THAT'S MY GRANDMA!'"
And what about all the almost-kills or partial kills? Would anyone really feel comfortable saying good morning to someone whose legs they cut off, or who barely escaped their Purge Night machine gun rampage? And shit, we're only talking about murder part -- what happens to all the sex offenders the day after? "Look, Graham, we know that by Purge law, the things you did yesterday were legal. But I'm afraid the children aren't OK learning math from a man who kept them in cages while he put on lipstick and- well anyway, Graham, you're fired."
Actually, are you even allowed to fire people for things they did during the Purge? If not, is there a legal organization to fight wrongful Purge-related terminations? Is it assumed that every boss would be dead after the first Purge and the question would never get raised?
Universal PicturesThe movie tries to imply that people in power are safe because of their wealth, and everyone knows that McDonald's managers are rolling in it.