The world encapsulated in James DeMonaco’s The Purge is a frightening one. Human empathy is non-existent as roving bands of marauders utilize a government sanctioned event to “cleanse” mankind of the impoverished and homeless. Those unable to defend themselves from what has become an accepted part of American life are rendered helpless as citizens feel an obligation to vent their frustrations in the form of murder. The impact of the annual Purge is staggering, with unemployment dropping to below 1% and crime being almost entirely eradicated; this sacrifice of compassion has created a seemingly utopian society cultivated by the most reprehensible of acts. It’s irony at its finest.