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Oh, how I love movie trailers.
They have just a little time to convince you throw down money on a new and exciting idea. Or, if they want to pay it safe, careful editing can make you pay money for a similar idea.
To get the full grasp of what I’m talking about, you should see this trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jyZi85cl9N4
Yes, that is a trailer for the Purge Anarchy (Purge 2 in its friend circles). Yes, I’m calling it Hunger Games 2.5. Why? This one trailer. Now before you think I”m crazy(er), I know they are two completely different stories. The Hunger Games series revolves around a futuristic world where children are taken from 12 districts to kill each other in an event once as year as proof of how futile it is to revolt against the Capitol District. The Purge series revolves around a futuristic world in which, one night each year, there is an event where all crime is legal. They really couldn’t be more different!
So let’s compare a few similarities:
Hunger Games and Purge Anarchy both take place in futuristic America.
This is an easy one. Hunger Games takes place in an America that presumably has suffered through a nuclear war. Purge Anarchy takes place in an America that has suffered through a war on logic. (Purge people, seriously, just go to Canada) Hunger Games barely plays on this fact, leaving the fact that we’re on a scorched earth as an background event. Purge puts in front and center, constantly reminding of you of the fact. In both cases, we’re left in an irrevocably changed America.
The Government Shows Dominance through Death
In modern day America, the government shows its power mainly through taxes, an inevitability in our society. But futuristic America will rely on the other inevitable part of life: waiting at the DMV. (A.K.A. death). The Purge’s government flexes its authority by letting people kill each other (because that’s totally what everybody would do) for 12 hours. This also helps them rid themselves of homeless and political enemies. In the Hunger Games, the Capitol sends kids to die each year to show that they’re pretty serious about the districts not revolting ever again. Also, they can get rid of homeless children and in the Catching Fire, political enemies. Hey, wait a minute…
One Person Wants to Challenge the System and Inspire Others
This is where I admit that I didn’t actually see the Purge. But I’ve read sixteen summaries online, so I’m pretty confident that I know what’s going on. The gist is that the main broody antihero in Purge 2 is fighting against the natural order of the purge because he’s been pushed too far. After all, they did kill his son, albeit indirectly. From the looks of the trailer, he’ll get a crew together to fight the power. Hunger Games 2 Katniss is all about that noise too. At this point in the series, she’s sick of the capitol indirectly and more often directly killing pretty much anyone. So she bravely fights against the system! Inspiring others to do so!
Rich people are just horrible
In the Hunger Games, this is a little easier to swallow. Katniss grew up in a shack her entire life. When she meets the rich and high society folks, she learns quickly that they all have a different set of values. When the rich do something like cheer or sponsor their favorite soon-to-be-dead kids, you can guess it’s because of their culture. Butttt it’s still pretty messed up.
At the 1:42 mark in the Purge trailer, we see rich people bidding on the purge participants. We see a group of people going into streets, (a Hunger Games arena if you will), and fighting to survive against other people, (Hunger games tributes if you will), while the rich people watch for entertainment, (Hunger Games if you will) And of course, this was instigated, supported and enjoyed by the rich. And it’s really messed up. Especially because some of them probably go to work with some of purge tributes in this world.
Believe it or not, at the end of the day, even though I rag on it for *similar* elements I don’t actually hate the idea of Purge 2. I’m actually infinitely more interested in this entry in the series than I was last year for the original. But the only reason I got invested is because of a trailer for the film that relates to another movie series that I’ve already seen. Despite other Purge trailers playing up different elements of the film, the overarching themes between this movie and Hunger Games are hard to ignore. Not to say that Hunger Games didn’t have a lot of similarities to the Japanese Battle Royale (that’s another article) and that Battle Royale probably was inspired by something else. At the end of the day, Purge 2 could still turn out to be a solid experience for a lot of moviegoers. Just don’t think of it as too revolutionary or original.
Think of it more as Battle Royale 4. Sorry, I mean Hunger Games 2.5.